A D.C. Superior Court judge acting yesterday in a closed hearing, ordered a 17-year-old charged as an adult in a sodomy case to be held for trial without bond.
The order by Judge David L. Norman came at the conclusion of a closed hearing that began last Friday to determine whether Marvin L. Edwards should be released before his trial.
In a segment of Yesterday's hearing that was open to the public, Norman denied a request by Edward's attorney, James McComas, to have the alleged sexual assault victim testify.
The judge asserted that he would order the female victim to appear only if the defense attorney could demonstrate that her testimony would help to clear Edwards of the charge.
Judge Shellie Bowers ruled in a closed hearing on March 28 that Edwards was entitled to have a woman who accused him in a separate rape case appear in court for questioning. When the government refused to bring the alleged rape victim into court, the judge ordered Edwards held on a $3,000 bond.
Public Defense Service attorneys who represent Edwards have contended that pretrial hearings should be closed on the grounds that accounts in the media could be seen by prospective jurors and possibly jeopardize their client's right to a fair trial.
Attorneys for the government have contended that unbiased jurors could be found for the trial even if the hearings were covered by the media.