Under What Conditions Is Bond Acceptable?
A woman facing murder charges in Clarke County has been released on bond. Should bond be granted to someone facing such serious charges?
An 18-year old woman facing murder charges has been granted bond by a Clarke County Judge. Although Wilma Scott didn’t pull the trigger herself, prosecutors say she is responsible for the death of one of her cohorts in a botched robbery in Athens four months ago.
According to Athens Online, Scott set up the attempted robbery of an alleged drug dealer by two of her accomplices, one of them armed. The victim wrestled the gun from the assailant and shot the second suspect dead. They are all now facing murder charges, including Scott for her role in it. She has, however, been granted bond of $40,000 and will remain under house arrest with an ankle monitor. It was argued by the defense that she does not have a criminal history and is not a flight risk. She was initially charged with armed robbery, but murder charges were filed after a grand jury investigation.
Many argued that bond should not have been granted to George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.
Our question here is should bond be granted when someone is facing charges as serious as murder? Under what conditions to you think bond is acceptable?