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Randolph County, Ron Smiley Reports

Family Stunned By Low Bond in Man Slaughter Case

May 4, 2005--Posted 6:00 pm CDT

 

Randolph County--The family of a Region 8 woman killed on the first day of this year is looking for answers tonight.  Police recently have arrested Mike Garrett in connection with Brenda Johnson’s death.  To the dismay of the family, Garrett is being charged with manslaughter and not murder.

 

“The difference in murder and manslaughter is intent,” prosecuting attorney Henry Boyce told K8 news late this afternoon.  “Besides that I cannot comment on any pending cases.”

 

Garrett’s bond was also an issue for the family.  He was able to be bailed out of jail after a judge gave him a three thousand dollar bond.  Family members of Johnson feel this is not right, and wonder why Garrett is given a smaller bond than others would receive on crimes considered less minor.

 

Garrett is expected to be in court on Thursday, May 5 for his arraignment.  His trial is expected to begin sometime after September.

 

Johnson left behind four kids.  They’re all girls and the oldest just turned eleven years old.  Family members were quick to point out this Mothers Day, while the girls will be putting flowers on their mothers grave….the man accused in her death will be free.

 

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