REALITY CHECK: DA’s Office talks “revolving door” in Mobile County
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Prosecutors say Jesse Lane was arrested this week for breaking into several cars. But get this. Detectives say he did it while out on bond for murder.
After doing some digging, we learned that Lane was booked on the murder case August 11th and originally had a $200,000 bond with $10,000 of that required in cash.
A couple weeks later when it came time for the preliminary hearing, Assistant District Attorney Deborah Tillman says her witness, Prichard officer Tashaon Pettway was a no show and didn't give notice that he wouldn't be in court.
"The officer didn't show up. There were a couple times the case was set and the officer didn't show up and I believe officer had medical issues they get sick too. But what we had to do was make a deicison are we going to let this case be thrown out or agree to drop the cash component," said Tillman.
So all parties agreed to drop the cash component and Judge Bob Sherling set a new bond amount at $175,000. The next day, Lane made bond. Fast forward to this week, Lane is arrested again for breaking and entering.
"It's extremely frustrating," said Tillman.
Today he was given no bond in Judge Sherling’s courtroom.
But Tillman pointed out another frustrating case.
Meet Daniel Milstid. According to jail records, he's been booked in Metro jail six times in the past two and a half months.
His first arrest came on November 3rd. He was charged with receiving stolen property.
"He was arrested again in Dec. 2017 for possession of controlled substance. His bond was not revoked then so he got out on bond then. Then Jan. 2018 he was re-arrested for receiving stolen property, I believe he tried to steal a motorcycle. And we requested January 4th that his bond be revoked then January 5th the courts granted him a bond on those cases, a $500 bond on those cases. And so he got out on bond on those. Then just this week he's been re-arrested," she said.
In Milstid's case, it was Judge George Hardesty that chose not to revoke bond.
"It makes us angry but it's a situation where it's a revolving door," said Tillman.
We'll continue to follow both cases and seek answers.
It's important to remember that with the exception of capital cases every defendant has a right to a bond.