THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 ordered to set the hearing for the motion to fix bail filed by the legal counsel of the accused former Davao Police Regional Intelligence Unit chief Leonardo Felonia, who was tagged in the murder of Cebu-based businessman Richard King on June 17, 2014.

The date, which was originally scheduled for the supposed Pre-Trial Conference on the case, was instead allocated for the hearing of the motion to fix bail filed by Felonia's legal counsel lawyer Caesar Europa.

In an order dated April 12, RTC Branch 16 Presiding Judge Emmanuel Carpio directed the prosecution to comment on the motion to fix bail within 10 days from the issuance of the order.

A motion to discharge state witness was also filed by the private prosecutors before the sala of the RTC Branch 16.

It was previously reported that Felonia pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at the RTC-Branch 16 last December 11 while Labang and the Dela Cerna brothers were also arraigned at the same branch after Presiding Judge Emmanuel Carpio ordered a not guilty plea on their behalf last September 24 after a series of failure to appear before the Court.

Felonia's arraignment was supposed to be held in Quezon City as partially granted by the Supreme Court in response to petition for the change of venue previously filed by Felonia's legal counsel but this was reversed after the High Court granted the motion for reversal filed by King's legal counsel.