The wife of a cold case homicide suspect is asking the public for donations to help bail him out of jail.
I know there are a lot of strong emotions in this case. I also know that bail is not supposed to be form a punishment. Bond amounts are to ensure a person shows up for trial, and in extreme cases, to ensure public safety.
The co-defendants in this case had the property collateral needed to get out of jail before trial. This one does not.
Being arrested is not evidence of guilt. In order for the system to work, all of us must be presumed innocent until trial.
I have an opinion on whether this defendant is guilty or not, but it is only an opinion.
I also know that if IÂ were to beÂ charged with a heinous crime and given such a high bond amount I would not be able to pay it. I don’t own any property and I live payday to payday.
We must never become a nation where punishment is meted outÂ before a trial…