Woman accused of murdering child denied supervised release

Woman accused of murdering child denied supervised release

Woman accused of murdering child denied supervised release

May 2—1/1

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LEILA FUJIMORI / [email protected]

Brandy Blas’ motion for supervised release was denied Wednesday by Circuit Judge Paul Wong.

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The 36-year-old Wahiawa woman charged in a 10-count indictment that includes the second-degree murder of 10-year-old Geanna Bradley, for whom she and her husband were legal guardians, has been denied bail supervised on Wednesday.

Brandy Blas, dressed in gray prison clothes and handcuffs, was no longer pregnant as she had been when she was beaten inside the Oahu Community Correctional Center, where she was originally incarcerated. She gave birth to a healthy baby about a month ago, her court-appointed attorney, Harrison Kiehm, said before the hearing. The child was taken from her immediately after birth, he said.

She was brought to Circuit Court for a hearing at the Women’s Community Correctional Center, where she is now being held.

Blas, her husband Thomas Blas and mother Debra Geron were arrested Jan. 18 after Bradley’s body was found in their Wahiawa home. The child had been taped, starved and beaten. A grand jury denied the three suspects bail.

Circuit Judge Paul Wong denied Brandy Blas’ motion for supervised release because of Kiehm’s arguments that she has no criminal record and is not a flight risk because she has never been on a plane except for one trip to Molokai, when she was 3 years old.

The judge said she had been charged with “10 different offences…so serious that it warrants prison without the possibility of

parole,” making her a serious flight risk.

Although these are charges, the court pointed out that because of the hindering prosecution and conspiracy charges, she poses a serious risk of obstruction and is likely to engage in illegal activity.

Brandy Blas testified that she is a 2006 graduate of Leilehua High School, was born and raised in Wahiawa and has lived at 33 Karsten Drive since the sixth grade.

Kiehm said Brandy Blas’ father, seated in the courtroom, lives at 33 Karsten Drive, the house where Blas grew up (and where Bradley’s body was found).

“No one disputes that she is charged with a serious crime,” Kiehm acknowledged, adding that Brandy Blas was not breaking into houses or running away.

“Flue from jurisdiction is not even in her vocabulary,” he added.

He asked that bail be set at $100,000.

Assistant District Attorney Erika Candelario opposed the motion, saying that if convicted of the crimes she is charged with, Brandy Blas could get life without the possibility of parole, making her a flight risk.

In addition to murder, she is also charged with hindering prosecution, conspiracy, kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a minor, persistent nonsupport and, if released, poses a serious risk of obstruction of justice.

Candelario said Blas has already made false statements to emergency medical technicians and given instructions and directions to other people, so she definitely poses a risk.