A Prince George's County judge set bail at $350,000 yesterday for the man accused of driving the car from which James "Jay" Bias was shot and killed last week.

Although he noted that Gerald W. Eiland, 20, of Southeast Washington, is not the alleged gunman in the Bias case, Circuit Judge Thurman H. Rhodes said Eiland's lack of employment and "substantial complicity" in Bias's death called for a sizable bond.

"There was time for reflection," Thurman said of the altercation between Bias, 20, and another suspect that began at a jewelry store near Hyattsville and escalated into the shooting that took the life of Bias, who was unarmed.

Eiland's bail is seven times as great as that set last week for, Jerry S. Tyler, the alleged gunman. Although Tyler remained imprisoned last night, the $50,000 bond Judge Sylvania Woods set for him last Thursday -- which created the possibility Tyler could be released soon -- caused a public uproar.

Thurman did not refer directly to the controversy over Woods's action before he set Eiland's bail yesterday, saying he would consider Eiland's case "on its merits." Eiland's attorney, Alan J. Goldstein, had asked Thurman to set Eiland's bail at $25,000. Goldstein described the $350,000 bond as "very high" and "inequitable, given the bond of Mr. Tyler."

Eiland surrendered to police on Monday morning, six days after Bias was shot in the parking lot of Prince Georges Plaza and Tyler turned himself in. Both men have been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying, which police say began with an argument in a mall jewelry store after Tyler accused Bias of flirting with his wife.

Prosecutors and police have alleged that the two suspects waited for Bias to leave the mall and that Eiland, seated in the driver's seat of a Mercedes-Benz owned by Tyler's father, leaned out of the way as Tyler fired several shots through the driver's side window at Bias and two friends.

Eiland "obviously had to have rolled down the window," to give Tyler a clear shot, Assistant State's Attorney Mark Foley told the judge before asking him to deny Eiland bail.

In arguing for a lower bond, Goldstein described the state's case against Eiland as weak and noted that his client had never been convicted of a crime.

The presence in the courtroom of Eiland's mother, sister, girlfriend and cousin, Goldstein said, offered further proof that his client has strong roots in the community and would be unlikely to flee to avoid prosecution.

But Thurman said the seriousness of the charge against Eiland and the fact that he has not held a job since last summer made a high bond necessary to ensure his appearance at trial.

Afterwards, Goldstein said prosecutors do not have enough evidence to convict Eiland, and he predicted that "when this case goes to trial, Mr. Eiland will be exonerated."

"If he hadn't leaned across, {Tyler} would have fired into him and we would not be here today," Goldstein said.