Missouri appeals court rejects motion to release Ziyad Abid, accused in murder of bar owner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri appeals court has rejected a motion seeking the release of a Saudi national being held without bond on a first-degree murder charge.

One day after Circuit Court Judge Michael Wagner issued an order denying bond for 24-year-old Ziyad Abid, the Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a defense motion seeking Abid's release.

Abid is accused of paying his roommate to kill Warrensburg bar owner Blaine Whitworth on Sept. 1. The Johnson County prosecutor, defense attorneys and former Circuit Judge Jacqueline Cook agree that Missouri's constitution requires bond to be set, but Wagner on Monday issued an order keeping him behind bars until his Aug. 20 trial.

The Saudi government in April posted $2 million bond, but Wagner said that didn't meet stipulations of a previous judge's order.

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