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#1 Dec 24, 2012
Suspect Accused of Supplying girlk, 13, with heroin, which prosecutors say helped kill her.
By Paula McMahon
Staff Writer

In an uncommon decision Wednesday, a Broward Cicrcuit judge agreed to set bail for a Davie man charged with first degree murder in the death of a 13 year old girl whom he is accused of supplying with heroin. Saying the prosectuon had not met the legal burden of proof to justify holding Jose Enrique Melendez without bail, Judge Ilone M. Holmes set bond at $15,000.
Melendez, 25, is charged with causing the Feb. 19 death of Sherr Maresco of Miramar under a legal theory taht he sold her the durgs that killed her., He also is being held on a seperate $7,500 bond on a charge of aggravated child abuse for allegedly selling heroin to her.

The judge announced her decision after an Oct. 12 hearing in which she heard testimony that she said showied the weakness of the case against Melendez. Prosecutors have to show there is "proof evident" of the crime charged or a "great presumption:of guilt to hold without bond a person who has strong ties to the community...

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