The Finney County Attorney’s Office still is mulling possible charges against a man arrested on allegations of second-degree murder, driving under the influence and reckless driving in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident Saturday night in Garden City.
A probable cause hearing for Bashir Omar, 31, 312 W. Mary St., was successfully conducted Wednesday after a continuance was issued Tuesday so that translation services could be secured. He will remain in Finney County Jail until his next scheduled court appearance on Tuesday, at which point he will either defend himself against charges filed by the Finney County Attorney’s Office or be released, according to Court Administrator Kurtis Jacobs.
Omar was southbound in the 2400 block of Fleming Street at about 6:57 p.m. Saturday in a 2002 Jeep Liberty, and Robert Becker, 67, of Garden City, was also southbound on Fleming Street riding a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle. Witnesses told Garden City police that Omar’s vehicle rear-ended Becker’s motorcycle and caused it to crash. Becker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Omar showed signs of impairment when officers conducted a field sobriety test. He was arrested and lodged in the Finney County jail, initially on allegations of involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving and DUI.
According to Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier, District Judge Robert Frederick set Omar’s bail on Sunday and changed the involuntary manslaughter count to an allegation of second-degree murder committed unintentionally but recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.
Omar's bond has been set at $125,000.
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