- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A man accused of shooting another man in the neck during an alleged drug deal has been returned to New Jersey after he fought efforts to be extradited from New York.

The Daily Record (https://dailyre.co/1IsAn3g) reports that 24-year-old Daniel Wendt, of Boonton, was returned to Morris County on Thursday. He remains jailed on $750,000 bail after a judge refused Wendt’s requests to either have that amount lowered or be placed on house arrest.

During the bail review hearing, Wendt told Superior Court Judge James DeMarzo that his bail should be lowered because he has missed only one court hearing in his life.

“I should at least get a lower bail or house arrest. You can’t put me on house arrest?” Wendt asked.

“I would not be comfortable with anything close to that,” DeMarzo replied.

Wendt is charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses stemming from the Feb. 20 shooting at a Whippany hotel. He was arrested two days later in Brooklyn.

Authorities have said the shooting victim was trying to buy heroin and was shot when he attempted to intervene in a verbal dispute involving Wendt and another person. Authorities say Wendt fled the scene in a vehicle with his girlfriend, 24-year-old Amelia Valentin of Paterson, and her 5-year-old child.

Valentin is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and hindering apprehension.


Information from: Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.), https://www.dailyrecord.com

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