Attempted murder suspect charged in violent Poughkeepsie attack released on $1,350 bail

Rakim Paulin, 43, was released on Wednesday after the ruling found the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office failed to prosecute the case against the defendant within 90 days while Paulin was behind bars without bail, as required under the state’s new bail reform laws.

Blaise Gomez

May 13, 2024, 4:44 PM

Updated 6 days ago

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A man charged with attempted murder in a violent attack caught on camera last summer in Poughkeepsie has now been released from jail on $1,350 bail after an appellate court decision.
Rakim Paulin, 43, was released on Wednesday after the ruling found the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office failed to prosecute the case against the defendant within 90 days while Paulin was behind bars without bail, as required under the state’s new bail reform laws.
Paulin is one of three defendants charged in a midday attack on Main Street last August that seriously injured two victims after they were stabbed, beaten, strangled and run over with a car in front of multiple witnesses.
A relative of one victim, who asked to remain anonymous, tells News 12 he suffered a permanent and severe brain injury because of the attack and says, “every day is a fight for him.”
Prosecutors say Paulin was required to surrender his passport, check in with probation five days a week and is prohibited from leaving Dutchess County.
Paulin's co-defendants remain behind bars after pleading guilty to lesser charges and are awaiting sentencing, according to the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office.
Paulin's trial is expected to begin next month.


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