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Bond reduced for man accused of setting fire to Augusta home

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 5:25 PM
Last updated 7:10 PM
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A judge reduced bond Wednesday for a man accused of setting his ex-girlfriend’s Augusta home on fire, killing two family pets.

Justin B. Hall  SPECIAL
Justin B. Hall

A combined $275,200 bond was set May 17 for Justin B. Hall, 23, by a retired judge sitting in for the Superior Court duty judge, but Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet reduced Hall’s bond to $66,200.

Bond for his co-defendant in the case, Kyle Capps, 24, was set at $22,200 by the magistrate judge on April 19. Capps had no felony record or pending charge. Hall and Capps remain in jail.

According to earlier reports in The Augusta Chronicle, the home of Janice Tierney in the 600 block of Cambridge Drive was destroyed April 13 when an accelerant was thrown into her daughter’s bedroom. Tierney, who was asleep in her home when the fire was set at 3 a.m., was able to escape.

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kimmyb118 06/06/13 - 05:27 pm
Justin B Hall bond

After reading the article regarding the bond reduction for Mr. Hall I am struck by the following sentence: 'Capps had no felony record or pending charge'. I would recommend that the reporter for the Chronicle exercise due diligence and provide evidence that Mr. Hall has a felony record or pending charge. I read it that there are, in fact, charges pending for Mr. Capps or there would be no bond. I am also concerned that the reporter has left the reader with the impression that Mr. Hall DOES have a felony record, as referenced above there are obviously charges pending or there would be no reason for these young men to be held in custody and the question of bond cost would be moot for BOTH individuals. I have searched all available public records and can find no convictions for Mr. Hall, felony or otherwise. I would suggest that the Chronicle issue a correction to this article that provides the same presumption of innocence on Mr. Hall's behalf as was extended for Mr. Capps.

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