Attorney: Alleged accomplice in Claiborne case 'hero'

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's office will have until Wednesday to come up with a reason to keep Alphonzo Richardson behind bars.

A judge in the case said that if no new information emerges, he will grant Richardson release on a $25,000 bond.

Richardson is accused of helping Michael Solomon after Tameka Claiborne was killed. His attorney says he's also accused of helping to load her body into Solomon's car.

Prosecutors are exploring the possibility that Richardson could be in violation of his probation from a marijuana charge in Texas.

Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Herring says he's also considering charging Richardson in the abduction of Claiborne's son, Malik Ellison, 3.

Richardson's attorney, Todd Stone, admits that Richardson was involved, but claims that he did what he did to save the boy's life.

"I think in the end the evidence will establish that he's really more of a hero than he is a criminal," Stone said.

Stone said that his client could've handled the situation differently, but said that his actions do not warrant a felony conviction.

"Maybe he should have reported it after it happened, but keep in mind Solomon was still out there," he said.

Herring said he does not believe anyone else was involved with actual homicide, but he says Solomon had help in the days after the murder, while police were looking for him. Herring says his office is will round up the others who played a role.

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