American murder accused to bring urgent bail application

American murder accused to bring urgent bail application

The two Americans charged with the murder of a Namibian in Windhoek seven years ago say they will bring an urgent case to be released on bail pending trial.
Accused Marcus Tomas and Kevin Townsend have been in detention since January 2011.
They were arrested initially on drug-related charges and subsequently charged with Andre Heckmair's execution-style murder.
Their lawyers, Kadhila Amoomo and Mbanga Siyomuinji, have told Judge Hosea Angula that they would bring urgent cases for their clients to be granted bail.
Amoomo and Siyomuinji said they would file the necessary applications in the next few days, but failed to provide the reasons for the quick bail applications.
Lawyer Amoomo, defending Tomas, further informed the court that they would abandon an appeal they had filed with the Supreme Court to compel Judge Christie Liebenberg to recuse himself from the two men's murder trial.
The murder case has been dragging towards trial, mainly delayed by multiple changing of lawyers, a failed escape in 2014 that opened the way to a mental fitness challenge, and a recent recusal application against Judge Liebenberg.