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Bond granted for Richmond County homicide suspects

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 1:39 PM
Last updated Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 12:14 AM
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Bond was set Friday for two people facing murder charges in unrelated homicides in Augusta.

A $55,000 bond was set for Verdre L. Scott Jr., 16, who is being held in a juvenile detention facility and is accused of causing the Dec. 19 death of a friend, 16-year-old Martez S. Davis. Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigators charged Scott with felony murder because they say he and Davis were trying to rob James Gibbons Jr., 17, on Amsterdam Drive when Davis was killed. Gibbons and Davis exchanged gunshots, and Davis was fatally wounded.

A $40,000 bond was set Friday in Richmond County Superior Court for Leslie D. Blair, 41, who has been charged with murder in the Dec. 5 death of Michael Wickert.

Sheriff officers found Wickert, 48, dead from stab wounds and blunt trauma in the bathtub of his home on Keron Way in Hephzibah. Joseph Leon-Guerrero, 33, and Larry Norton Jr., 31, also face a charge of murder in Wickert’s slaying.

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SuzyQ 01/18/13 - 02:47 pm
Bond for Murderers?

Don't understand why the bond is allowed for murderers, rapists, etc. -violent crimes- where the public is at risk. Is the justice system THAT hard up for money?

David Parker
David Parker 01/18/13 - 03:12 pm
I'm not finding good reason

I'm not finding good reason in this either Suz

Ginot 01/18/13 - 03:16 pm

The Justice system doesn't receive any of the money. They hold it until a verdict is delivered, then the money is returned to the defendant. If the defendant uses a bailbondsman, the most popular way, the defendant gives them 10%, which they don't get back, and the bondsman uses what is similar to a promissory note. If the defendant skips, then the bondsman has to come up with the money for the court.

dstewartsr 01/18/13 - 05:18 pm
Bond for murder

... while people are sitting in jail (at taxpayer expense) because they can't buy their way out of debtor's prison because of Sentinal Probation's padding their bills.

realitycheck09 01/19/13 - 11:46 am
Oh, I dunno guys...maybe

Oh, I dunno guys...maybe these people are innocent until proven guilty? I'm sure I read that somewhere.

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