Fuller, Brown get $5 million bonds
Though authorities are still working to determine who fired the fatal shots that left one person dead and four other injured at 12th Stone last week, the actions of DeAndre Fuller and John C. Brown were enough for Circuit Judge Bob Armstrong to set $5 million consolidated bonds Tuesday.
Fuller and Brown, who admitted to firing shots in the club in statements given to local authorities, appeared before Armstrong hoping for lighter bonds based on their cooperation through the investigation. However, Armstrong said violence in Selma is growing out of control and he will not show any lenience for those involved in crimes of this nature.
“In my opinion, this is a no-brainer,” he said. “At some point, people have to understand that if you choose to use weapons there are going to be tough consequences through this court.”
The $5 million bond, Armstrong said, is not about a single case, it is about repeated incidents.
“This is not just about the club and the people there,” he said. “This is about the whole community. We’ve lost the ability to have a civilized society.”
During the hearing, Detective Frederick Walker said both Fuller and Brown eventually led authorities to the weapons. A .22 pistol with a pearl handle was recovered following Fuller’s statement, and a 9 mm pistol was recovered following Brown’s statement.
Forensics tests are still underway to determine which weapon fired the fatal shots, however, Walker said both admitted to their role in the incident.
Assistant District Attorney Lloria James originally sought a $5 million bond for murder and $1 million for each count of attempted murder on each suspect. The bonds would have added up to $9 million each if upheld.
James said she felt the bond was suitable to the alleged actions of Fuller and Brown. The shootings occurred during College Night, which James said left many parents uneasy.
“When you look back at some of the things happening in Dallas County, this is one of the scariest events,” she said.
“This has to be a college parent’s worst nightmare. It could have been a lot worse.”
James also pointed out that Fuller was on bond for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and Brown was pending trial for shooting into an occupied dwelling when he was arrested.