Judge: Many Factors Go Into Setting Bonds

A Pitt County murder suspect's bond was lowered from $1million to $500,000. He is still in jail at last check Friday night, but the bond reduction has some people asking why. WITN spoke with court officials to find out more about the decision making process of setting a bond amount.

Court officials say there are a lot of factors that go into setting a bond amount.

Earlier this week 21-year-old Christopher Brauer of Durham turned himself into Pitt County authorities after a warrant was out for his arrest in the stabbing death of Fort Bragg paratrooper Keyonn Parkin. Brauer has been charged with murder, and his bond was originally set at $1 million, but then it was lowered to $500,000. Pitt County District Attorney Clark Everett says there are a number of factors judges look at when setting bond, like history of violence, the possible motive behind the charges, and if that suspect is a flight risk. We also talked with Pitt County Judge Joseph Blick, who is not handling this particular case.

"I want to look and see is the public going to be safe and if that's what I ensure first. From there, once I do that, then I'll take a look at options outside of jail that ensure the safety of the public," explained Blick.

Judges have guidelines they must follow in deciding what bond amount is set, but because each case is so different the final decision rests on that judge.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    What is sad is WITN attended the award presentation for Judge Blick (from the Pitt County Coalition of Substance Abuse) and never once mentioned the award/recognition in this broadcast.
  • by Crazy World Location: greenville on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    It's sad to know that a judge lower a person bond that murder someone because the judge say that he don't have a record. If the shoe was on the other feet and the boy that was killed was white and the boy that did the crime was black omg!!! His bond would be so high that Donald Trumip couldn't get him out or they wouldn't have a bond for him.
  • by Nancy Location: Greenville on Nov 6, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    I don't think race has to do with it as much as money. If you're a young male or female, with a wealthy family, you're going to get a lower bond. Doesn't matter what race or ethnic group you belong to. Money talks. And let's not forget connections!
  • by Ant Location: Roper on Nov 6, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    We all know what the deal is! It's all about the color of your skin. A black man was killed and the white man that killed him was rewarded! How else was he able to walk free after killing him. For as long as I can remember race has played a big part in government,courts and law enforcement! We can talk all day about the injustice of it all. So why not take a stand and let's do something about it. Hiding behind these post will get us no-where. But standing untied will!!!
  • by Unjust Justice on Nov 5, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    I can't help but wonder why everything has to be a race issue. I think murder is murder, white, black, purple or green he should have to sit in jail with no bond. Period. He obviously posed a threat to somebody because whether he was drunk or not, he still made a decision to act violently and take the life of another person. I think the justice system is just a complete disgrace to victims. I can't speak for any other district but the one I'm in, and the D.A. has tried ridiculous cases and in the same breath let a rapist...a drug dealing murderer, and several other repeat offenders go without a slap on the wrist. Color isn't the issue nearly as much as the buddy buddy judge/attorney/d.a. system is.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 5, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    What is the guy who stole the wallet getting charged with? He deserves a large portion of punishment here too.
  • by crazy on Nov 5, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    I saw where a "minority" had a bond of $10,000 after fleeing from police and driving while drunk after he assaulted his wife, and then a white man and woman being held on $400,000 bonds for stealing 1 bottle of pills, so stop saying it's cause he is a little white boy
  • by Ridiculous Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    It is very obivous that Greenville is FULL of racism as many other cities. How does a guy commit MURDER and get a reduced bond and guys get locked up for smaller crimes such as drugs, etc and take months to get a bond reduction?? Let a person of any other color but caucasian commit the crime and a bond would be NON-existent. These judges here are out for MONEY cause they sure dont SERVE anyone but themselves.
  • by Suprised Location: Gville on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:07 PM
    He should be glad he is white because a minority could have forgot about a reduced bond and they prolly won't pursue the death penalty.( and yea I do want it applied if your wondering)
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      by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 07:46 AM in reply to Suprised
      You're "prolly" racist!
  • by Jefferson Location: Jacksonville on Nov 4, 2011 at 09:17 PM
    Oh please - if there is a racial element to this crime it is why these particular thieves chose to target these victims. The question I have is were they betting that the scrawny white kids wouldn't defend themselves against the black army guys, or were they simply acting on mis-placed anger and flat-out racism by targeting people of another skin color? Looking forward to seeing Brauer exonerated and Perry charged with theft (and hopefully more, since his crime lead to Parkin's death) and dishonorably discharged for his crimes.
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