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Bail Revoked for Suspect in Student Death

August 2, 2005

CHICAGO (AP) _ A judge revoked bail for a man accused in the beating death of a University of Illinois-Chicago student, days after his co-defendant failed to show up for a court appearance.

Bail had been set at $900,000 for Mantas Matulis, 20, of Clarendon Hills. He has remained in Cook County Jail since his arrest because he was never able to pay the 10 percent required to be freed.

Muaz Haffer, 21, of Burr Ridge, failed to appear in court last week and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Haffer was released July 11 after posting $900,000 bond.

Both men are charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the July 9 death of Tombol Malik. Authorities allege Haffer hit the 23-year-old political science student with a bicycle lock and Matulis used a stun gun on Malik and kicked him during a fight near campus.

Malik’s family and friends have said they fear Haffer has fled the country.

During Monday’s hearing, assistant state’s attorney Michael Falagario focused on allegations that Matulis started the fight and repeatedly kicked Malik ``soccer style″ while the man lay motionless. Matulis’ attorneys have said he was defending himself.

Several people cheered and clapped in the courtroom Monday when Judge Raymond Myles revoked bail.

But defense attorney Mike Gillespie said his client was being punished for Haffer’s disappearance and argued that prosecutors presented no new information that wasn’t available when another judge set bail last month.

When Haffer failed to show at a hearing last week, his lawyer, Steven Salzman, said he was confused about the court time and had not fled. He declined to comment on Haffer’s whereabouts after the hearing.

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