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A man currently seeking to reduce his $5 million bail had his request denied after prosecutors introduced tapes of him ordering family members over the phone to intimidate witnesses from prison.

Hutchinson Ivey, 35, was arrested in November 2012 on charges of robbery, conspiracy, gun charges, and simple assault.

Ivey's bail was set at $5 million, likely due to the fact that he was convicted of third degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison.


The office of District Attorney Seth Williams did not immediately answer calls for comment.

Prior to the hearing today, Ivey was recorded yelling at family members for "not taking care" of a witness in the case.

Ivey allegedly wanted his family members to convince the witness to change her statement to police.

"Witnesses are scared and this is exactly why.

Judge Charles Erhlich revoked bail based on Ivey's conduct in court, prosecutors said.

"Witnesses are scared and this is exactly why," Judge Ehrlich said, according to a press release from the D.A.'s office. "The case is to be decided by 12 people in the jury box not by the street."

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