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Pinellas judge refuses bond for soldier accused of murder

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2014 at 09:16 PM

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas Circuit judge on Friday refused to release on bond a U.S. Army major accused of killing his wife’s ex-husband, despite assurances from three army majors that he posed no flight risk and a promise by a lieutenant colonel at Fort Leavenworth he could remain on base there.

Roman Izzo is accused of killing Vincent Edward Lee, 43, who was found inside his Clearwater condominium at 3151 Landmark Drive on Nov. 16, 2011. At the time, Lee was in a custody battle with Jodi Izzo, Roman Izzo’s wife, with whom Lee had two children.

Typically, when someone is charged with first-degree murder in Florida, as Izzo is, they are held without bail pending trial. Still, Stephen Romine, Izzo’s defense attorney, asked Circuit Judge Chris Helinger to allow Izzo’s release on no more than $250,000 bond.

After an hours-long hearing Friday, she declined.

“I am finding you are a flight risk,” she said.

Izzo’s father has said his family could pull together $250,000 for bail.

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