Suspect deemed a flight risk, given a $2.5 million bond

Published 7:26 pm Thursday, June 19, 2014

Given his recent attempts to evade law enforcement officials, the result of Thursday’s bond hearing for Lavonte Cardell Conn might not be as surprising as it seems.

District Judge Robert Armstrong placed a $2.5 million bond on Conn Thursday, two days after he was returned to Selma following his capture in Milwaukee, Wis., earlier this month.

“He is a flight risk, and he is dangerous,” said District Attorney Michael Jackson. “That is why we asked the court for a high bond.”

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Conn had been on the run since authorities suspected he was involved in a shooting that took place April 30 on Forrest Street in Selma.

He was arrested in Milwaukee by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Office on June 2 and waived an extradition hearing shortly thereafter.

Conn was picked up by members of the Selma Police Department early Tuesday morning at the Milwaukee County Jail and brought to the Dallas County Jail later that same day.

He is facing two counts of attempted murder and one count of robbery first degree.

Authorities have charged Conn with shooting two men who had been sitting in a car parked on Forrest Street during the April 30 altercation. He is also charged with attempting to steal a bag from them. Investigators have said the bag was believed to have contained marijuana.