“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Lauri Peterson’s son was shut down in his plea to lower his bail and push back his trial for attempted murder.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a California Court has denied Josh Waring’s request and his trial will begin as scheduled on August 23.
The decision means Waring will not be given additional time to build his defense or have his bail lowered despite the reality star believing the bond amount set was incorrect.
Lauri’s son, Josh Waring, recently filed the appeal in hopes of lowering his current bail of $1 million down to at least $500,000.
Waring has been behind bars in an Orange County jail since 2016. Waring was arrested following an incident outside a sober living home where he allegedly shot a man named Daniel Lopez, who survived the gunshot. He plead not guilty and the case has dragged on for years.
In his appeal, Waring claimed his $1 million bail was set based on a series of mistakes. He believes the evidence shows he did not try and shot Lopez. He claims the gunshot residue testing produced negative results.
He also took issue with the judge increasing his bail based solely on one police officer’s testimony. He said the testimony the officer gave “contained multiple material misrepresentations” including the claim Waring had a criminal history for domestic violence and robbery (when he in fact did not).
Waring pleaded for the judge to lower his bond immediately and allow him to be free awaiting his trial. He requests the current trial date of August 23 be pushed back, to allow him to work on his defense and participate in a drug treatment program. He also agreed to wear a GPS monitor if allowed out.
While behind bars, Waring has taken issue with prosecutors in his attempted murder case and accused them of illegally obtaining recorded conversations he had while in jail.
He filed a claim against the County of Orange demanding $1.4 million in damages for his phone calls allegedly being recorded. He accuses the County of unlawfully recording his calls in jail and says they violated attorney-client privilege.
He claims they listened in to calls with his parents, girlfriend and grandmother. He adds, “the phone calls recorded contain discussions of confidential defense strategies in preparation for case”
Waring accused prosecutors of obtaining recordings of his private jail phone calls, to use against him in his upcoming trial for attempted murder. He claimed conversations with his public defender were listened in on and recorded without his knowledge.
The Sheriff’s Office claimed the recordings were made in error by a third-party company and the calls were not illegally being listened into by law enforcement.
Waring’s mother Lauri Peterson appeared on RHOC from season 1 until season 4, when she left the show to deal with Josh’s problems. She has since appeared on the reality show as a guest or friend of the cast.