Court refuses to lower $3.2 million bond |

Court refuses to lower $3.2 million bond

Even the money from the sale of a $1.05 million house in Carbondale won’t get Timothy Hatler Bayless out of jail.

Bayless, 58, in the Garfield County Jail with a $3.2 million bond, faces cocaine and marijuana possession charges, among others. For each of the four times Bayless failed to appear in court, Chief District Judge Thomas Craven slapped him with an $800,000 bond.

Wearing handcuffs and a black and white jumpsuit, the former advertising executive appeared in court Thursday without a lawyer, and left with little hope of being able to pay his seven-figure bond.

Public defender Jim Conway said he couldn’t accept Bayless’ application for counsel because, although Bayless isn’t earning any money while in jail, the value of his Carbondale house makes him ineligible.

Just the appreciation of the house, which Assistant District Attorney Amy Fitch said a potential buyer may have under contract, makes Bayless ineligible for a public defender, Conway said.

Bayless asked Craven for a reduction in bail and permission to leave Garfield County for a court hearing in Georgetown (Clear Creek County) on June 19.

But Craven was adamant: “No,” he said to Bayless’ request. “If Georgetown wants you, they can come and get you.”

Craven said the court has made note of all the times Bayless failed to appear, and excuses for not showing up end with the $3.2 million bond.

“There won’t be one today, and there won’t be any more excuses,” Craven said.

Bayless was charged May 4 with allegedly violating bail bond conditions, possession of 1 gram or less of cocaine, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing a peace officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana.

With a criminal record going back two years, deputies arrested Bayless at his home in August 2005 to serve two outstanding arrest warrants against him for narcotics-related charges in both Garfield and Clear Creek counties.

The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team seized from his home 219.1 grams of suspected marijuana, 14.6 grams of suspected psilocybin mushrooms and drug paraphernalia.

Bayless’ case was continued to July 6.

Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520

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