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Stallworth’s bond set at $500K

Jarrod Stallworth is in the Dallas County Jail under $500,000 bond charged with burglary first-degree and shooting into an occupied building.

Until he surrendered to authorities earlier this week, the Selma Police Department had him listed among its most wanted: “armed and considered dangerous.”

He had two outstanding warrants: one for burglary first-degree and another for shooting into an occupied dwelling.

But the picture painted by his attorney Brandon Wooten during a bond hearing Thursday in Dallas County District Court showed Stallworth as anything but dangerous and a flight risk.

The Selma resident had left town earlier this year and traveled to Detroit to get a job to help out his family back South, Wooten said.

When Stallworth heard of a warrant out for his arrest, he went to jail in Detroit for two months, waiting for authorities from Selma to pick him up.

“They never came,” Wooten told the court.

Once Stallworth left the jail, he ventured back down to Selma to face the warrants.

But police detectives told a different story.

Detective Frederick Walker told the court Stallworth was one of three suspects who kicked down a door in GWC Homes on Feb. 21 at 2 a.m. and put guns to woman’s head as they searched for a man who was not there. One of the men took a television set as they left, then dumped it in the yard.

Detective Tory Neely told the court Stallworth was one of two suspects in the shooting of a home where a grandmother and four children resided in October 2009. Neely told the court several witnesses put Stallworth behind the wheel of the black Honda identified as the origin of the shots fired.

In asking for a high bond, assistant District Attorney John Oxford told the court of charges filed year after year against Stallworth, including a 2004 shootout on Broad Street.

“But only one conviction,” Wooten countered. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Stallworth didn’t get a reduced bond of $25,000 sought by his attorney. Instead, Judge Bob Armstrong levied a much higher bond and an explanation.

“We’ve got to get a handle in this community for shooting people up,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong said he sees the pain in the faces of the victims of crime or those left behind when someone is killed because someone else is firing bullets and a stray one finds an innocent.

“Something’s got to change. Something’s got to,” the judge said. “There has to be a shift in the mentality of the community.”