There is mounting anger over woke Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s decision to charge a 62-year-old bodega employee with murder for killing a career criminal in self-defense after the thug attacked him in his store.
Jose Alba is in Rikers Island this morning awaiting his first court appearance on charges of murder.
His bail has been set at $250,000 – an exorbitant amount compared with the low-or-no cash bail that is routinely given to repeat offenders by Bragg’s soft-touch office.
On Friday night, Alba stabbed Austin Simon to death after Simon attacked him in the Bluemoon Convenient Store in Harlem.
Alba, who is beloved in the local community, has worked there for decades and has no criminal record.
His family launched a GoFundMe page to help pay his legal expenses – but the page was removed on Wednesday night after raising $20,000. GoFundMe is yet to explain the decision.
Over the weekend, Alba was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge and Bragg’s office asked the judge to set Alba’s bail at $500,000 – which the judge deemed too high.
Alba has not yet been indicted; his case is going before a grand jury on Saturday.
Among those who slammed Bragg on Thursday was Republican Gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin.
‘My first Day 1 action as Governor next January will be to fire Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg,’ he said.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jennifer Smith