Man without use of arms facing gun charge released

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 5:56 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition and faces a gun possession charge was released from jail without having to pay bail on Friday.

Marcus Hubbard had been jailed since his arrest in Trenton in August. His bail was lowered on Tuesday from $100,000 to $35,000, but The Times newspaper (http://bit.ly/1DScEHL ) reported he was released without bail on Friday morning.

Hubbard's attorney, Caroline Turner, said she was delighted by the judge's decision and would fight for all charges against him to be dismissed.

Turner had said at Tuesday's bail hearing that the case against Hubbard, who injured his spine in a car accident and may have Lou Gehrig's disease, "shocks the conscience."

"How could (he be) held for four months on a gun charge?" Turner said during the hearing. "He cannot move his arms. They are useless to him."

Hubbard, who's from Salem, had been hospitalized in protective custody since his arrest, at a cost of at least $60,000.

Authorities say Hubbard and three other men were in a car that ran a red light in Trenton and was pulled over. They say inside the car police officers found a stolen handgun in a seatback pocket and a prescription bottle of codeine.

All four men were charged after none of them took responsibility for the pill bottle and the gun, which was stolen from Anchorage, Alaska.

Prosecutors acknowledged Hubbard has no use of his hands but said he still could be guilty of a crime.

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Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, http://www.nj.com/times