Gerald's bond set at $1million
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX 44) — CLINTON, La (fox44) — "This is ridiculous. Seven people is gone from out of our lives," says Marcus Gaines.
Marcus Gaines lost six of his loved ones when 30-year old Brett Gerald allegedly killed them during a head on collision back on May 30 in Slaughter. He's outraged Judge William Carmichael decided to set Gerald's bond at $1 million. This is for a man who was convicted of a seperate drunk driving offense just four months ago.
"He done affected all of my family. Entire family has been affected by this. And he gets to go home with his family and is home. Is that right? It's not right," says Gaines.
If Gerald is able to post bond, he'll be confined to his father's home except to go to church or the hospital. He would also be forced to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle, despite having badly injured them allegedly during the accident. District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla says the decision wasn't surprising.
"It's a fair bond. Everybody's entitled to a bond. Unfortunately, that's what the law is," says D'Aquilla.
The decision is confusing to family and friends who are still mourning and were hoping to see the 30-year old Greensburg native denied bond.
"Alot of confusion. I'm confused right now, cause I miss my litle sister," says Michael Manning.
Family members just hope that along with getting justice for their lost loved ones, they hope this incident is a stark reminder about the consequences of gettting behind the wheel after having too much to drink.
'We hope that every person who is drinking and driving today will have a reality check that it's the Johnson, Gaines and Moseley families today, but it could be their family tomorrow," says Ray Gilbert.