Bond for William Earl “Bo” Mingues has been reduced from $1 million to $100,000 according to court documents.
Judge Tim Weaver issued the order on Thursday reducing the bond “upon finding good cause.”
Mingues, 47, was arrested Oct. 13, 2020, for first-degree murder of Donnie Joe Scheffler, 60. He is also charged with abuse of a corpse.
His public defenders argued the current bond reflected only the nature of the charged offense, and ignored Mingues’ meager financial resources; lack of felony convictions; no history of failing to appear for court; and given his meager financial resources he is not in a position to abscond and does not hold a passport.
They also argued the bond amount is improper in that it specifically assures that Mingues’ pretrial release remains out of his reach due solely to his financial condition, and that he will remain incarcerated until the case is resolved.
The motion filed for the bond hearing read in part: “Bond is not meant to be punitive, but that is precisely its effect in this case,” and “Mingues respectfully requests a bond reduction to $25,000.00, and is prepared to submit to any additional conditions the Court deems necessary.”