Bail hearing: Cory Batey’s attorneys went first. Three bond companies were present. Batey made bond earlier from the sale of his Grandmother’s home. Attorneys want the prior, before trial bond amounts of $350,000.00 reinstated.
Testimony from the bondsmen was that Cory Batey made and met all the bail conditions, routinely. Bail company owner, Mario Hambrick testified on behalf of his bonding company, “Free At Last.” Mentioned Nashville Bonding was also present. John Gutrie, owner of Nashville Bonding Company, was also present and testified. But Guthrie added a wrinkle. He said he did not want the bond reinstated. While not objecting to a Bond, Guthrie wanted a new process. (Mo’ money.)
Another bond guy testified. Didn’t get his name, which was good for him as he apparently didn’t know too much. (Who knew so many bond people would show up?) Ah…first mention of new charge. Third bond guy on the stand was surprised by this information.
He quickly shrugged it off as a “citation misdemeanor.” (State jumped in to say “an arrest is an arrest, and violation of bond conditions.”
State mentioned now that Cory and especially, Brandon Vandenburg, knew the likely results, they are a flight risk. New guy said he doesn’t have GPS. (Everyone seems surprised. No one more than me as I’ve been talking about GPS since 2008.)
Court asks if there’s another bonding company. No one responds.
Batey’s attorney asked for bail reduction as an “appropriate remedy for this case in light of National Bonding Company’s wish to not continue the bond.”
Judge Watkins reinstated Bond for Cory Batey at the same price. Guthrie doesn’t get any more money.
Vandenburg’s bond however, was increased by a mere 50k. Both have to wear GPS.
Vandenburg immediately began whispering with attorneys. Batey just watched.
Very surprised that the court was largely unaware of how GPS works.
Check the news clips here to see how GPS works.
A crazy coincidence
Vandenburg will return to his home in Palm Desert after being fitted for GPS. Next column with be an update of his friends; but, in a related note, former Vandenburg attorney Fletcher Long and his partner will be sententced today for Extortion.
The craziest part of the bond hearing
Update: As of 2:00p.m both Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are out of jail. Oddly enough, Judge Watkins did not make as a condition of bail, that neither uses alcohol or drugs.
File that under: Stunning miss. To be fair, the DA didn’t bring it up and should have.
Given the defense was,
“Devil alcohol did this”
were I the victim I would be furious.
However, the DA missed it, at trial so,
Meanwhile, the DA will have to deal with public outrage, on top of their sloppy bond performance. However, the DA is still in the cat bird seat and will only deal with more outrage should the decision be made to work out a plea deal, rather than re-try the case.
That said, how the DA managed to botch a case with so much evidence remains a mystery.