Fonte Williams: Is $100,000 bond too low for downtown murder suspect?

CINCINNATI – Is a $100,000 bond too low for a murder suspect police say was responsible for two shootings near the heart of downtown this week?

Police union president Kathy Harrell and others thought so Thursday.

Fonte Williams, charged with fatally shooting Joshua Taylor at Piatt Park on Monday night, was arraigned Thursday after police captured him Wednesday night. Police believe Williams was also involved in the drive-by shooting that wounded three people at the park Tuesday night.

WCPO checked into Williams' bond and found it all lies in the difference between secured and unsecured bond.

Williams was given a $100,000 secured bond. That means he would have to put up all that money to be released.

It's the same as if he was given a $1 million bond at 10 percent. That means he need only put up 10 percent of the bond.

Local defense attorney Joe Deutch revealed what a judge considers when setting bond.

"The judge should have a pretty good idea of what type of background this person has. Employment history also, family contacts. That's what I'm saying: each case is (individual)  and $100,000 may sound low, depending on whether it's a secured bond or an unsecured bond," Deutch said.

Williams' next court date is July 21.

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