West Haven murder-suicide leads to call for bail bond crackdown

HARTFORD – Shortly after his second arrest for domestic violence in four months, Selami Ozdemir was able to post $25,000 bail with no money down through a bondsman, and returned hours later to his West Haven home, where authorities say he shot his wife to death and then killed himself in January 2010.

The killings prompted lawmakers this year to consider legislation that would impose tougher regulations on the bail bond industry. In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed off on new rules last month that require arrestees to pay at least 10 percent of their bail to bondsmen before being released.

Judges, police officers, victims and even many bail bondsmen across the country have complained for years about the so-called practice of “undercutting” in which bondsmen charge little or no money down before posting someone?s bail.

Source: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2011/04/23/news/doc4db308594131c822360599.txt

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