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Attempted murder defendant offered bail


– Trameil Jackson will have the opportunity to get out of jail, if he can come up with $250,000.

Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck reversed an earlier order by a magistrate judge ordering Jackson, 24, held without bond on a charge of attempted murder. He was still in custody Thursday night.

Police have identified Jackson as a known gang member and the younger brother of Traneilous Jackson. Traneilous Jackson is serving a 60-year prison sentence for his role in a drive-by shooting on an ambulance and a car behind it in September 2012.

Charged in February, Trameil Jackson is accused of shooting DeAndrew Moore and Devonte Jones on Feb. 11 in the area of Decatur Road and Dawnan Drive. The two men were taken to the hospital in fair condition. When he was arrested Feb. 13, Trameil Jackson was armed with a .38-caliber Charter Arms revolver. He has been identified by police as a member of the Fort Wayne street gang M.O.B.

The bond for attempted murder, a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison, is normally $50,000. But a few days after his arrest in February, Allen County prosecutors asked a judge to order Jackson held without bail.

In their motion, prosecutors alleged that the physical safety of another person or the community would be at risk if Jackson were allowed to bond out of the Allen County Jail.

His court-appointed attorney, Zachary Witte, asked Surbeck to reconsider the matter and reinstate a bond.

Surbeck took the matter under advisement early last week. On March 14, he issued a ruling setting the bond again, but this time at a much higher rate of $250,000.

Trameil Jackson is also charged with carrying a handgun without a license with a prior conviction.