The Alabama Supreme Court has increased the scope of bail for murder by updating the state’s bail schedule.
The suggested bail interval for a murder defendant now increases from $ 15,000 to $ 1.5 million, compared to the previous $ 150,000.
In issuing its ruling, the Supreme Court says it is a general rule for circuit, district and municipal courts. He says the courts should exercise discretion in setting a bail above or below the scheduled amounts.
A capital offense has a range of $ 50,000 up to no bail.
The bail schedule had been criticized this week in Montgomery, following a shooting on Sunday at the Bama Lanes bowling alley. One person was killed and six others were injured.
The suspect, Tory Johnson, was released on $ 270,000 bail, which included $ 150,000 on the murder charge. Johnson was released on bail on the day of the shooting.
Following his release, Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey had asked the court to increase Johnson’s bail to $ 2 million. At a hearing Thursday, District Judge Tiffany McCord raised the amount to $ 860,000.
Bailey told the Alabama News Network that he is pleased that the Alabama Supreme Court is changing the bail schedule for the murder cases.
“It’s a good day because we’ve been working on this since 2014 to try to reach that amount,” he said.
But Bailey says the system is still faulty.
“We need to find a better system. I don’t think cash bail is a fair system. It’s not really fair that if you’re rich you can go and commit a crime and go out because you have the means to do so.
“We must be based on whether the person is violent, whether the person is violent and has committed a violent crime. Therefore, we should go to a stopped or unstoppable system. That’s the best way to do it, so I’m now in favor of getting rid of Alabama cash bail. “
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