Bond reduced in Derrick Allen assault case

Jun. 24, 2013 @ 06:01 PM

A judge approved a bond reduction for Derrick Allen Monday afternoon after the prosecutor said she had no objection.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner agreed to reduce the bond from $100,000 to $50,000 secured for a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for allegedly firing a gun at a man he knew from prison. The two men had allegedly argued over a woman.

Allen is also facing a murder charge from an old case and is out on pre-trial release for that charge. There was a possibility that a trial date would have been selected for that case Monday, but his attorney was in a trial in Wake County and could not appear in Durham County, according to Assistant District Attorney Charlene Coggins-Franks.

In 1999, Allen pleaded guilty to sexually molesting and murdering a 2-year-old girl in Durham. He was sent to prison for 43 to 54 years.

In September 2010, the murder and sexual molestation charges were dismissed against Allen by Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson because of problems at the SBI lab that tested the child's clothing for DNA. Allen was freed from prison, but the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned Hudson's ruling and sent the case back to Durham County for a new trial.