A federal judge has agreed with prosecutors that the man accused of killing Dr. Gulam Moonda on the Ohio Turnpike would be a flight risk and a danger to the community if he is released from prison and Thursday ordered Damian R. Bradford to be held without bond.

Bradford, 24, is charged with trailing Moonda from the Shenango Valley and fatally shooting him May 13 in the presence of the urologist’s wife and mother-in-law.

Judge George J. Limbert cited the seriousness of the crime and Bradford’s history of probation violations before ordering him held without bond and returned to the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, a maximum security prison in Youngstown.

Defense attorney Patrick J. Thomassey argued that Bradford should be released because prosecutors have not presented evidence linking him to the killing.

“What evidence do we have that he committed this crime?” Thomassey said. He also downplayed his client’s criminal history, saying it was not “significant.”

Bradford is charged with interstate stalking and using a firearm during a crime of violence, an indictment the U.S. Attorney’s Office claims is tantamount to a murder charge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda H. Barr did not elaborate on her claim that Bradford committed the crime with “premeditation, stealth and violence.” She focused on his criminal record, what she said is his inability to get a job and the maximum life sentence the charges carry as reasons he should stay in prison.

“The defendant is a risk of flight,” Ms. Barr told Limbert. “He is a risk to the community and he should continue to be detained.”

A New Mexico judge sentenced Bradford to probation in 2001 for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, Ms. Barr said. In Beaver County, Pennsylvania, he was convicted of illegally possessing a firearm in 2001 and found guilty of drug crimes in 2003 and 2005.

Outside the courthouse, Thomassey repeated that he does not know how prosecutors plan to prove Bradford killed the 69-year-old longtime Shenango Valley urologist.

“Someday we’ll find out what the evidence is,” he said to an assembly of television cameras and reporters.

Before the hearing, two plainclothes federal marshals ushered Bradford into Limbert’s courtroom. Handcuffed around the wrists, he wore an orange prison jumpsuit and laceless blue and white hightop sneakers.

Bradford briefly conferred with his attorneys after sitting down, but did not speak out loud during the hearing.

As he was led from the courtroom, his mother, Sharon Bradford, said, “I love you Damian.” Bradford looked in her direction to see a man seated near his mother pointing his thumb in the air as a sign of support. Michael J. DeRiso, who is also defending Bradford in court, later identified the man as Bradford’s father.

Moonda and his wife Donna, 47, were driving to western Ohio when she told police she pulled their luxury car to the side of the highway so they could switch drivers.

Prosecutors allege that Bradford was in the vehicle that pulled behind the couple’s 2000 Jaguar and that Bradford shot Moonda once in the right side of his face after robbing him of his wallet.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has indicated it is possible other people could be charged in connection with Moonda’s death.

Mrs. Bradford has publicly said that her son had an affair with Mrs. Moonda after the two met in a drug-rehabilitation program. Mrs. Moonda’s lawyer has repeatedly maintained her innocence.

Charlene McFrazier, 21, a woman one of Bradford’s attorneys describes as his “friend,” is accused of lying to a grand jury by providing a false alibi for him.

Prosecutors say she claimed she was with Bradford in Pennsylvania when Moonda was killed at about 6:30 p.m. when, in fact, she was not.

Thomassey said he would not comment on Bradford’s defense, including whether he was in Pennsylvania the evening of May 13. He said Bradford has not been interviewed by authorities about Moonda’s death.

“And he won’t be,” Thomassey resolutely added.

In the short term, Thursday’s hearing was inconsequential. Bradford is committed to being in jail until at least mid-May for violating terms of his parole. He served 6 months in jail for possessing the anabolic steroids police found in his Beaver County apartment a week after the killing.

Bradford is also awaiting trial in Allegheny County on charges he assaulted a McKeesport policeman in January during his arrest for public drunkenness.

Bradford and Ms. Frazier have status conferences scheduled next week before Judge David D. Dowd Jr. in Akron. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to agree on a trial schedule then.

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