Update: Judge Set $50K Bond for Preston, Denies Bond for Goodwin
A judge is setting bond for one defendant, but denying it for another, in two separate cases connected to the Unite the Right rally.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A judge is setting bond for one defendant, but denying it for another, in two separate cases connected to the Unite the Right rally.
Richard Wilson Preston and 23-year-old Jacob Scott Goodwin appeared in Charlottesville Circuit Court for bond hearings Thursday, January 4.
Judge Humes Franklin said there was not enough evidence to prove Preston would be a threat to the community, and set bond at $50,000. However, the judge is not allowing the 52-year-old Maryland man to leave the commonwealth or possess a gun.
Preston is facing one felony count of discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. A video appears to show him firing a pistol during clashes between Unite the Right supporters and protesters on August12. His three-day jury trial is currently set to begin May 9.
Goodwin was not granted bond Thursday. The defense could not convince the judge that the Arkansas man would not bring harm to himself of others if he was released. He is currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Investigators believe Goodwin was one of several men caught on camera beating DeAndre Shakur Harris inside the Market Street Parking Garage following the August rally. He is charged with malicious wounding, and has a two-day jury trial scheduled for April 30.