Murder suspect released on bond

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Lauren Bach was killed June 4, 2015.

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The man accused of strangling and biting a woman in a south city home in 2014 was released on bond Thursday, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office said.

Prosecutors charged 42-year-old Raheem Thorpe with first-degree murder for the June 4 2014 killing of 24-year-old Lauren Bach.

Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department found Bach’s body in the bath tub at a home in the 6100 block of Alaska Avenue, in the Carondelet neighborhood. Police said Bach and Thorpe got into an argument over drugs, which led to a physical confrontation and Bach’s death.

At the time of his arrest, Thorpe was ordered to be held without bond, pending a trial.

The circuit attorney’s office released the following statement regarding Thorpe’s release:

Prosecutors recommended no bond in this case and repeatedly opposed any reduction to the bond. Ultimately, bond settings are determined by a judge after he/she considers factors allowable by law.

While every defendant has the right to a bond setting, we understand the frustration many victims and their families experience during the course of a criminal case. We will continue to advocate for this victim and all victims of violent crimes. We believe the safety of victims and the community must be at the forefront of the criminal justice.

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