Man Accused of Shooting Mayoral Candidate Leaves Jail After Nonprofit Bail Released | News
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Louisville Community Bail Fund posted $100,000 bond for the man accused of opening fire on the office of a Louisville mayoral candidate Monday morning.
Quintez Brown, 21, is charged with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment after allegedly firing shots inside Craig Greenberg’s campaign office.
At his arraignment on Monday, Judge Annette Karem increased Brown’s bail from $75,000 to $100,000 and said if bail was posted, Brown would be released and sent to home confinement. Attorney Rob Eggert said in court that he plans to have a psychiatric evaluation for Brown, who he says has “serious mental issues”.
Surrounded by loved ones, Brown left the Louisville Metro Corrections just before 8 p.m. Wednesday after getting his ankle monitor from the HIP office.
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Jefferson County District Attorney Mike O’Connell said it was “frustrating” that his office “had so little control in these situations.”
“Unlike the federal system, bail must be set under Kentucky law. We successfully argued and won a higher bond commensurate with the seriousness of the offense. We successfully argued that if posted , the defendant should be incarcerated at home. However, the criteria for release should not be the ability to access a certain amount of money,” O’Connell said. “That should be the threat to the community and if there is a history of not appearing in court. I’ve said before that people shouldn’t be in jail just because they can’t afford bail or be released just because they can. We should have a system like the federal government where my office can provide evidence and a judge can decide. Kentucky’s current system does not allow this. Our office kept the victim involved throughout this process.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also released a statement following Brown’s release. He said Brown’s bail and release “have been independently determined by a judge.”
“Mr. Brown will be monitored by the Department of Corrections, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the home confinement program and all conditions set out in the court order, including the use of a GPS monitoring device. and home checks. Alerts will notify HIP staff if the device is tampered with or goes outside the geofence,” Fischer said.
Brown was arrested Monday shortly after police said he used a 9mm Glock to fire shots into Greenberg’s campaign office at Butchertown Market on Story Avenue. Police said they did not determine a motive, but it appears Brown acted alone.
No one in Greenberg’s campaign office was hurt, but he was grazed by a bullet that ripped a hole in the sweater he was wearing.
Brown is an independent candidate for Louisville Metro Council District 5, and he has been active with Black Lives Matter Louisville and the University of Louisville Youth Violence Prevention Research Center. Brown worked as an intern at the Courier Journal and was a frequent contributor to the opinion page.
In the summer of 2021, Brown was missing for 11 days. After he was found, no information was released by police on Brown’s whereabouts, but his parents released a statement asking for confidentiality while the family takes care of their “physical, mental and spiritual health. ” from Brown.
Brown’s mentor, Ricky Jones, was his professor at the University of Louisville. He said getting Brown out of prison wasn’t even half the battle.
“I don’t think he needs to be in jail, okay, but he doesn’t need to leave a jail and go home or come back here,” Jones said. “He has to leave this facility and go to a facility…and I don’t know all of the facilities in Louisville…but he has to go to a facility to get help.”
Louisville Community Bail Fund organizers said that considering Brown’s mental health, it’s imperative he gets out of jail to address his mental issues.
“It would alter anyone else’s mind. It has nothing to do with him, it has to do with the overall system in place,” said Chanelle Helm, organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville. “What worries me, in particular, for Quintez is that he absolutely has the resources he needs and he has a big support waiting for him to bring together those resources and the people who stand ready in the wing to take it.”
The Louisville Community Bail Fund collects donations to fight financial barriers for people “who find themselves against the criminal justice system“. Its website said: “Cash bail is one aspect of the criminal justice system that keeps communities wrapped in systemic slavery and in debt. The need to end cash bail is not new. .”
In Frankfort, the State House is considering a bill to make charitable bail illegal in Kentucky, but some organizations oppose it. House Bill 313 was introduced in January by Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, and Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville. If passed, the bill will ban services provided by groups like the Louisville Community Bail Fund.
Greenberg’s campaign office has not yet responded to a request for comment on Brown’s release.
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