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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