[Editor’s note: This is part of ongoing coverage of the William “Bo” Mingues trial.]

A decision will be made by the end of the week whether or not to reduce the $1 million bond of William Earl “Bo” Mingues to $25,000. 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 argue the current bond reflects only the nature of the charged offense, and ignores 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 argue 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 reads 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.”

Additionally, Mingues attorneys have requested an additional mental evaluation, which has been scheduled for September.

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