By Ryan Boetel

The young man accused of murder asked a judge Wednesday to reduce his bond so he could look for work and go to church.

Jacob Beach, 19, is being held at San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $500,000 cash-only bond. Police arrested him Nov. 6 on suspicion of shooting and killing Sharolyn Keown on Nov. 5.

Cosme Ripol, Beach's attorney, asked Magistrate Judge Stanley King to change his bond to cash or surety, which would mean Beach could post $50,000 and be released pending trial.

King denied the request.

Beach was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in front of King on Wednesday.

Ripol asked and received a continuance so he could hire an investigator to interview witnesses. Beach's preliminary hearing is now scheduled for Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.

“It's a serious case but it's a very interesting one that will probably end up being tried,” Ripol said. “So I need to dot my i's and cross my t's.”

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