TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - According to the attorney from James Moore, each suspect in the Moody Manor murder is being held on a five million dollars bond.
Bond has been set for the three men charged with the murder of a small child at the Moody Manor Apartments in August.
On Wednesday, James Moore, 20, Antwaine Jones, 18, and Keshawn Jennings, 20, were indicted by a Lucas County grand jury on 11 counts each, after extensive investigation into the murder of a 1-year-old and felonious assault on her 2-year-old sister. Both were shot while sleeping in the Moody Manor Apartments on the night of Aug. 9.
A day after murder charges came down, the suspects appeared before a judge and were issued a total of $5 million bond with no possibility of paying 10 percent. That includes $1 million in bond for each suspect, plus additional bond for other charges.
All three remain in jail on their bond.
The three men were initially charged with obstruction of justice. A hearing takes place Thursday, Oct. 18 for those charges. The suspects already have lawyers for this hearing.
However, it is unclear if the suspects can afford those same lawyers with the addition of murder charges. Therefore, all parties are determining if a court-appointed attorney needs to be considered before the case moves forward beyond the hearing Oct. 18.
All three face charges of:
-Aggravated murder with firearm specification
-Murder with firearm specification
-Attempt to commit aggravated murder with firearm specification (2)
-Felonious assault with firearm specification (4)
-Attempt to commit murder with firearm specification (2)
-Improper discharge of gun into a habitation with firearm specification
The three had been under electronic monitoring in the obstruction case, and were taken back into custody by Toledo Police Wednesday.
Jones proclaimed his innocence to Toledo News Now cameras after his arrest Wednesday. Moore and Jennings did not comment.
The indictments are a major step forward for Police Chief Derrick Diggs and Mayor Mike Bell, who both promised to bring those responsible to justice in the days following the tragic shooting.
"The three that were charged is the result of an ongoing investigation. It was a task force that was formed under Chief Diggs and involved several different parts of the Toledo Police Department that came together," said Toledo Police Captain Wes Bombrys.
"I will never forget what that young kid looked like that was laying in that casket and so I salute the police department and the judicial system for moving forward with this particular set of indictments," Mayor Bell said Wednesday.
Community members say they are happy to hear about the indictments, but temper that excitement with sadness at the loss of 1-year-old Keondra Hooks.
"Even with them being charged with murder and doing the actual time, it don't bring the little girl back. You know. It don't bring her back, and when I go around my guy, I see him; I can see it in his eyes. He's hurt. They hurt, the family is still hurt," said Durrell Benson, who lives at the Moody Manor apartment complex.
"At the end of the day, I think what everyone wants is justice to be served. Am I happy? No, because unfortunately we still have a 1-year-old baby we can't bring back, and then on the flip side of that, we have three young men who are possibly being taken away from their families as well," said Pastor Randall Parker.
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