Bond set in stabbing

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 15, 2005

Despite his protests, the bond for Corey Dewayne Carter was raised during Thursday’s bond hearing.

“Thankfully, no one was more seriously injured,” said District Attorney Michael Jackson. “This defendant is another one that we are going to send away for a long time. These violent criminals will get the message that Dallas County is the last place they need to commit a crime in.”

Carter was arrested Wednesday for robbing a Trailway Bus Depot worker at knifepoint.

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“The state is making a motion to increase the bond to $500,000,” said Assistant District Attorney Shannon Lynch. “The defendant is not from Selma. To my knowledge, he resides in Cleveland, Ohio. The fact that a knife was used and there were multiple stabbings shows that he is both a flight risk and a danger to the community.”

According to Lynch, Carter has had several robbery and weapons possession charges in Ohio.

“We argue that $10,000 is a sufficient bond,” said Tommy Treese, Carter’s court appointed lawyer. “He lives in Selma with his mother at GWC Homes, and will be in court.”

“He has significant ties to Ohio, despite the fact that he has moved here recently,” said Lynch. “$10,000 is nowhere near enough.”

“Your motion is granted,” said Judge Bob Armstrong. “I will increase his bond to $500,000. It is the philosophy of the court that if you have a record of violating the law and harming people, you forfeit the right to a reasonable bond.”

“I take no particular pleasure in raising your bond, I really don’t,” said Armstrong. “But, it’s what’s right, it’s what’s needed and it’s going to happen.”

The defendant then asked if he could speak.

“All of that, as far a Cleveland is concerned – I had numerous cases,” said Carter. “But they dropped the majority of those cases and gave me three years in prison for robbery.”

“You went to prison for three years for robbery, but came to our community and did the same,” said Armstrong. “You will sit in jail, at least until your trial comes up. Your bond is set at $500,000, and that’s it.”

“People come to Selma and commit violent crimes because they think the strong arm of the law is weak,” said Detective Tommy Buford. “We want to send the message that if you come to Selma and commit a crime, you will receive no preferred treatment, you will be dealt with, and you shall be punished to the nature of your crime.”