Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Free on Bond

I saw this while checking out newspapers on the internet recently:

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A man is dead and a woman injured after a shooting Wednesday outside a mall in Columbia. Police said the shooting happened around 6:45 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the mall's main entrance.

Columbia Police Chief Dean Crisp said a man who was stalking a woman confronted her at the mall, then followed her into the parking lot. He said the man then shot the woman and her father. Authorities say the 49-year-old father of the young woman was shot several times and died at the scene.

The daughter was taken to the hospital, where she was able to talk to investigators. Police have not released her name.
Police identified the shooter as 21-year-old “John Doe”, who was free on bond after being arrested last week and charged with stalking the woman. Police say “Doe” was last seen driving away in a green Honda Accord.

Did you get the second to last sentence??? The one where it says he was free on bond after being arrested LAST FRIGGING WEEK for stalking this woman!?!?!

Do ya have any idea how many women die holding a restraining order in their hands?

I don't even know how to respond...there are not even words. I was stalked when I ended a 24 year marriage. My situation was not taken seriously either, fortunately, my daddy is still alive.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just moved to Columbia, SC and remember that happening around the time I got here. Truly sad. But get this...I was parked in a fire lane the other day at Lowe's while loading a lawn mower I just purchased (please note the Lowe's employees were helping me load this mower onto my trailer that was parked in the fire lane as they instructed me to)...when all of a sudden a police officer shows up & gives me a ticket for obstructing a fire lane!! Anyways, my point of this story is that in the state of SC the police officer has the right to take you to jail right that minute if you are parked in a fire lane and there is a $500 bond with the actual ticket costing $1000. Seems to me like SC cares more about locking people up for silly mistakes rather than the true criminals who are actually a danger to the public if let out.