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San Diego

Mark Alan Radke, accused in the slaying of a 16-year-old Mira Mesa boy, had his bail reduced Wednesday amid further delays in his case.

Radke, 22, is free after his bail was reduced from $300,000 to $200,000 by Superior Court Judge Herbert J. Exarhos.

He is charged in the January, 1988, bludgeon slaying of Jeffrey Vance Rudiker, 16, who was partly clothed and in handcuffs when his body was found.

Although the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in January that key evidence against Radke was obtained illegally, a San Diego Superior Court judge refused in February to dismiss charges.

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“The agreement for the reduction was a done deal,” said Judith Rowland, director of legal services for the Crime Victims Legal Clinic.

Rowland said the agreement was made between prosecutors and the defense because of the lengthy legal delays.

Another ruling on what evidence will be required to be excluded from the case is expected from the 4th District Court of Appeal in the next few weeks.


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