Augusta man denied bond in rape case

 

A man accused of rape for allegedly having sex with a woman who was either unconscious or dead was denied bond Friday.

Marcus D. Booker, 45, has been held in jail since his arrest the day after Zasquan A. Parrish, 42, was found dead in a 15th Street boardinghouse.

Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine said Friday in Richmond County Superior Court that Parrish and Booker had been smoking crack at the boardinghouse on Jan. 31. A witness later saw Booker having sex with Parrish who was unconscious or dead, Paine said. She was found dead about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1.

Booker has prior convictions for drugs in 1990, aggravated assault with intent to rape in 1999, drugs in 2008, and felony shoplifting in 2010, Paine said. He also had a conviction for felony battery in Indiana in 1993, she said.

Defense attorney Muneer Awad asked for Booker’s release on bond, citing his steady employment for the past two years. He noted that Booker has not had a felony conviction for five years.

Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. denied bond based on finding Booker a potential danger to the community and to commit other crimes. Booker will remain in jail pending possible indictment and trial.

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