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Judge: $2 Million Bail for Each of Gregory Holder's Alleged Killers

Michael Winters and Andrew Alford remain in prison after being accused in the Cherry Hill man's killing last month.

Two men who allegedly murdered a Cherry Hill man last month received seven-figure bails Tuesday, a day after they were formally charged.

Michael Winters, 37, and Andrew Alford, 39, both of Camden, were each slapped with $2 million full cash bail by Superior Court Judge Irvin Snyder, which covers both the murder charges and unrelated charges against each man, and will remain in the Camden County Jail.

They’re accused of killing Cherry Hill resident Gregory Holder, who was found bleeding from the head at the corner of Broadway and Berkley Street in Camden on Nov. 2, and eventually died of what the county medical examiner ruled was blunt-force head trauma.

The two men were allegedly spotted on surveillance videos, first assaulting and robbing Holder, then later arguing about the money they grabbed in the robbery, according to Assistant Prosecutor Christopher St. John, and were also identified by a witness familiar with both men.

In separate arraignments, St. John characterized the two men as career criminals—Winters had 36 arrests on his record, St. John said, and Alford had been convicted on various charges, from drug possession up to robbery in an “increasing pattern of violence.”

Both men face other charges in unrelated incidents—Alford for robbery, and Winters for kidnapping and robbery, in what Snyder said appeared to be a carjacking in Camden that took place after Holder’s murder.

Alford, in a dark blue jail jumpsuit and a scruffy beard, stared blankly as the prosecutor rattled off his prior record. At one point, he told the judge he wanted to say something, but didn’t speak again after being advised of his rights against self-incrimination.

While Alford had only had $75,000 bail set on his unrelated robbery charge, Snyder said the strength of the case against him and the fact that Alford is homeless justified the extreme bail, which was set at full cash.

“You’re an enormous flight risk,” Snyder told Alford.

Winters, likewise, was almost entirely silent during his arraignment, shaking his head as St. John detailed the alleged details of the murder, and only responding, “Yes, sir,” to several questions from the judge.

Like his co-defendant, Winters’ bail was set at full cash. Both men were instructed not to have any contact with the Holder’s family, who watched from the gallery during the proceeding and didn’t speak either during or after the arraignments.

Holder’s murder was the 58th of the year in Camden, which tied the city’s all-time record—a mark that’s been surpassed in the weeks since his death.

Investigators are still working to identify other witnesses to the killing, prosecutor's office spokesman Jason Laughlin said. Anyone who saw the incident is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Terry King at 856-225-8523 or Camden Detective Brian Razzi at 856-757-7420.

Mister Mike December 05, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Given his career crime record based on his 36 past arrests, defendant Winter should have been given an even higher higher bail, unless $2,000,000.00 is the most the judge could have imposed. Granted it was full cash bail, but nonetheless I feel it should have been more.
Bryan Littel December 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
As it turns out, $2 million is nearly triple the top-end bail listed in the state's recommendations for a range for those charged with murder - officially, it's $250,000-$750,000, per a 2006 directive. Plus, $2 million is exactly what the prosecutor asked for in both cases.

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