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Trial begins Tuesday for man accused of threatening Gainesville imam
Marquis Bonds
Marquis Bonds

Attorneys will present their opening statements Tuesday in the case of a Gainesville man accused of threatening a Gainesville imam.

Marquis Bonds was charged in a November indictment with two counts of aggravated assault in an Aug. 22 incident. According to the indictment, Bonds is accused of attempting to remove a gun from his bag while threatening Imam Bilal Ali of the Gainesville Islamic Center to “smoke his a--.”

Jury selection started Monday, with Superior Court Judge Jason Deal instructing jurors to return Tuesday morning.

In the November indictment, Bonds was also charged with aggressive driving, kidnapping, theft by taking, interference with government property and possession of marijuana.

According to police and the indictment, Bonds is accused of taking a van, which was running with a small child inside.

Police reportedly later found Bonds near Patterson Drive and East Ridge Road.

At Bonds’ committal hearing, defense attorney Blake Poole said there was little evidence showing Bonds knew the child was inside the van.

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