Suspect's bond unchanged; victim in critical condition

Pham is charged with three counts of attempted murder

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Based on the nature of the offense, a judge on Wednesday refused to lower the $100,000 cash-only bond for a man accused of trying to kill three neighbors.

Sixth Judicial Associate District Judge Jane Spande also denied the prosecutor’s request to increase the bond for Joseph Pham, 42, of 2934 29th Ave. SW, but she did agree to impose conditions should he be released. He wouldn’t be allowed to return to his home if he made bond, she ruled, and he’d have to have a psychiatric evaluation.

Pham is charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.According to a police complaint, he shot at Brian Wilson, his daughter Jayde Wilson and Tracy Moses on Saturday at 2928 29th Ave. SW.

The only person injured was Brian Wilson, 39, who was shot three times and seriously wounded in the torso. First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said Wednesday that Wilson remained in critical condition, according to his family, and was in a medically induced coma.

Linn County public defender Sara Smith said Pham was frail and had ongoing medical issues. He was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair and had to be helped by a deputy to the defendant’s table.

There have also been questions raised about his mental condition since he’s been in jail, Smith said.

Maybanks asked the court to add the extra conditions for public safety.

He said some neighbors are fearful of retaliation by Pham if he’s released. The defendant has a history of “erratic” and “paranoid” behavior toward the neighbors, Maybanks told the judge.

Pham’s relatives said Monday that their family had been harassed for years by the next-door neighbors. They said the harassment is racially motivated because they are Vietnamese.

Relatives of Wilson and Tracy Moses declined to comment after the hearing Wednesday.

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