TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The three men arrested in connection with a shooting at Moody Manor that left one toddler dead, and another in critical condition, went before a judge Tuesday. A judge significantly reduced all three bonds.
All three men were originally charged with obstruction of justice. Police said surveillance video placed them at the scene of the crime and because they lied about their whereabouts it hampered the investigation, leading to their arrests.
Their bonds were first set at $500,000 each, but were reduced Tuesday morning. Since no one has been charged with murder yet, the judge ruled the bonds needed to be reduced to match the current charges the three men face.
James Moore and Keshawn Jennings now have bonds of $20,000. Antwaine Jones' bond is now $10,000 because he had less of a history of failing to appear in court.
The purpose of the high bond was because the state was to seek murder charges in the upcoming weeks. After that failed to happen, the attorneys for the defendants asked the judge to reduce the bond and even release them since the state did not provide the necessary evidence. According to the state, there was not enough evidence to try the defendants for murder but the process was nearly complete, needing only paperwork for witness protection for those who would testify.
Prosecuting attorneys said it would be "a tragedy to bring those murder charges before everything was ready."
Although bonds were reduced, the defendants were not released into the community and remain in the Lucas County Jail. If bond is posted, they could be released and subject to electronic monitoring.
Their trial date has been set for Oct. 2. If convicted, all three men face up to three years in prison.
Keondra Hooks, 1, was killed in the shooting in the central Toledo apartment complex back in August. Her 2-year old sister, Leondra Hooks, was also shot and is still recovering.
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