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Friday, February 28, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Family of woman shot outside day care fear suspect's bond is too low"

Jill Disis reports today in the Indianapolis Star [ILB Emphasis]:

The family of a woman shot 13 times in a day-care parking lot worry that the bond amount set for her ex-husband, the suspected attacker, is too low — and that he could come after her if he leaves jail.

Shirley Justice, 31, is recovering at IU Health Methodist Hospital more than a week after she was shot in the parking lot of the Eagle View KinderCare Learning Center, 6750 Eagle View Drive.

Her ex-husband, Christopher Justice, 33, has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting. On Thursday, a Marion County Superior Court judge set his bond at $25,000. * * *

A preliminary surety bond was set at $100,000, before the final $25,000 was set Thursday. * * *

Marion Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins, who set the bond amount and conditions of release, said Thursday's hearing was not a matter of lowering an already existing amount — it was about finding a starting point and setting an appropriate set of conditions.

"The $100,000 was really to get him here," Hawkins said.

Once Christopher Justice was extradited to Indianapolis, attorneys agreed on a $10,000 bond starting point. Hawkins raised that to $25,000 Thursday.

Justice is expected to return to court April 8 for a pre-trial conference hearing. His attorney in the criminal case did not return a phone call Thursday.

Meanwhile, the status of the couple's child is unclear. Though Christopher Justice was granted custody, the judge who handed down the decision was removed from the case the same day. Both parents disagreed over what the ruling meant for the child's custody status.

Davina Curry, an attorney for Shirley Justice, said the judge's removal voided the order, though in the wake of the shooting, the child has been given to Christopher Justice's parents.

"It's quite a tangled mess," Curry said. "We're still in the process of reviewing everything at this time."

The Indiana Supreme Court appointed a special judge in the custody case last week. Curry said a custody hearing is expected next week.

For background, see this Feb. 19th ILB post, this one from Feb. 21st, and this one from Feb. 24th.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 28, 2014 09:38 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts