Suspect in Shooting Death of Philadelphia Man Walking Dog Was Freed on Bail Two Weeks Prior

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A suspect arrested in the recent shooting death of a Philadelphia man was released on bail two weeks before the incident occurred.

Authorities said Sunday they had arrested 20-year-old Davis L. Josephus in connection with the killing of Milan Loncar, 25, who was shot Wednesday while walking his dog in Brewerytown, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

“On Dec. 29, Josephus posted $20,000 bail on charges of motor vehicle theft and kidnapping, and $12,000 on charges including aggravated assault on a prison guard. Those sums had been reduced from originally amounts of $100,000 and $200,000, respectively,” the article read.

“Police arrested Josephus on Feb. 19 of last year, on charges of kidnapping for ransom, robbery, car theft, firearms violations and other charges — 11 counts in all — from a case the previous July,” the Inquirer report continued.

In a press release Sunday, District Attorney Larry Krasner offered condolences to Loncar’s loved ones, adding, “The Philadelphia DAO argued in two separate cases last year that Davis Josephus be held in jail, yet bail was lowered by judges over our objections.”

Krasner’s office said Josephus has been charged with murder, conspiracy, robbery, and illegal firearms offenses.

“He is not eligible for pre-trial release on cash bail,” the release stated.

Following his death, Loncar’s girlfriend, Olivia Gorski, called the victim her soulmate and said they had planned on moving in together in February.

“I don’t think I have a plan anymore without him,” she concluded.

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