A taped conversation allegedly incriminates an Atlantic City boxer in the fatal shooting of a man earlier this year.
Omar Curry, 24, was arrested Aug. 26 in the fatal shooting of Nelson Viera, 32.
Viera was found shot to death at about 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 on Florida Avenue near Arctic.
Transcripts of a conversation allegedly between Curry and a confidential informant “is probably one of the most damaging” pieces of evidence in the case, Superior Court Judge Michael Donio said during a bail hearing Thursday.
“Looking at the statements made in the transcript, one can only come to the conclusion that it is a very, very strong case,” Donio said in denying the motion to reduce the $1 million full cash bail.
“That’s an impossible bail for any normal human being to make,” defense attorney Ted Housel said after the court hearing.
Curry also is charged with a second-degree drug charge, after investigators seized 890 bags of heroin.
“He maintains his innocence,” Housel later said of all the charges.
The former Atlantic County prosecutor has not yet gotten the evidence against his client, and has not heard the recordings to confirm if the voice is Curry’s.
Several family and friends attended Thursday’s hearing, and stood up as Housel pointed out there was a strong support system that would make sure Curry went to every court appearance, if given a bail he could post.
Seated within that group were two women there for Viera. One held a framed picture of the victim. They did not want to speak publicly.
Curry is a boxer and had made his professional debut just three days before his arrest.
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