Jimmy Melvin Jr. looks to be staying in jail for the foreseeable future.
After a lengthy hearing that lasted several hours yesterday afternoon at Dartmouth provincial court, Chief Judge Patrick Curran denied the 27-year-old bail. A publication ban was placed on the proceedings, at the request of Melvin’s lawyer, Josh Arnold.
Police officers arrested Melvin, an alleged Halifax crime figure, last Thursday night when the vehicle he was in but not driving was pulled over on Portland Street in Dartmouth.
Halifax Regional Police say they found drugs and a prohibited weapon in the vehicle.
As he was being taken away by sheriffs outside of court late yesterday, Melvin yelled, “I can’t f-cking believe he did that” to his sister and girlfriend, who were both waiting in the parking lot. He also took time to tell them he loved them and flip the middle finger to reporters.
Melvin is facing drug and weapon related charges in this incident but was already under recognizance for several other court matters when he was arrested, including for a break-in and, in a seperate case, an arson.
In court, Melvin put his head in his hands and at one point started clutching his side where he has a colostomy bag. Melvin has been shot multiple times since being released from jail 10 months ago.
It is the second time in recent months Melvin has been allegedly caught in a car with a weapon.
In June police pulled over a car carrying Melvin and three other men and claim it had bear spray and a collapsible baton in it.
Those charges were dropped when prosecutors determined it wouldn’t be possible to prove Melvin had knowledge or ownership of the weapons. Melvin is scheduled to re-appear in court tomorrow for election and plea on this case.