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Murder suspect's bond upsets victim's family

Posted December 2, 2010

— The suspect charged in the death of a Franklinton man more than three months ago is eligible for release from jail, and the victim’s family members are upset.

Rashawn Arrington, 23, was arrested in Virginia Sept. 22 on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Jesse Montague Jr., 27, who crashed his car into a gas pump after someone shot him while he was driving.

The crash sparked an explosion and a 10-foot fireball and caused an estimated $30,000 in damages.

Arrington was in jail without bond for nearly three months before a judge on Tuesday set a bond at $300,000 after the district attorney decided not to pursue a capital case.

“He really killed my son in cold blood,” Montague’s father, Jesse Montague Sr., said. “He should be kept locked up until justice is served.”

By state statute, however, the judge had to set a bond, Arrington's defense attorney, Boyd Sturges, said.

Murder suspect's bond upsets victim's family Murder suspect's bond upsets victim's family

The law requires anyone charged with first-degree murder be given a chance to get out of jail on bond if the state is not seeking the death penalty, Sturges said.

Two other people also face lesser charges in the case.

Arrington’s sister, Jessica Arrington, 22, and Jason Lamont Ruffin, 25, were both charged with accessory after the fact of a felony.

Investigators have said that Rashawn Arrington and Jesse Montague Jr. knew each other but have not offered a motive for the shooting.


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  • TheDude abides... Dec 3, 2010

    a DRIP of CARAMEL- Because when bond is set, it is PRE-TRIAL. Guilt or innocence has not been determined yet.

    You're not one of those folks who think cops should be judge, jury and executioner do you? Cuz we've already fought that war once against the Nazis and determined that shouldnt have a place in society.

    Just put your faith in the DA. It HIS job to convice the jury of guilt.

    Jeez, just watch some Law & Order for Geebus' sake!

  • #24WarrensABeast Dec 3, 2010

    I truly think the problem with our judicial system is the fact that bonds are even allowed in murder & child molestation cases. If you take the life of anyone, why should you be allowed to live freely when you've done wrong? I don't get it!!!

  • JustForYou Dec 3, 2010

    R.I.P Jesse.....I am praying for the Montague family...Rashawn should not get any kind of bond...

  • danunger Dec 3, 2010

    A bond is to ensure a CRIMINAL appears in court......the guy whacked someone, and he should appear because?? How many other violent criminals are out on the dtreets because they jumped bail, and then they turn around and kill someone else?? Commit a crime against my family.....you pay ME!

  • jlh4jdj Dec 3, 2010

    Gavreel-That's what is wrong with our system he should not have to be given bond. I just don't understand bond's. All it is bad people playing the system.

  • TheDude abides... Dec 3, 2010

    Glass - Just read the comments.

  • Glass Half Full Dec 3, 2010

    " a judge", "the judge"...How many times do we have to ask that the names of the judges be printed with these types of articles. Does anyone know who the judge is? This is information the public needs. The defendants attorney was named, why not the judge?

  • dwr1964 Dec 2, 2010

    So the law requires a bond ammount to be set, but that does not mean it has to be such a low ammount. I think 2.5 million would be much better.

  • White Devil Dec 2, 2010

    Judge Hight is a fantastic judge, so obviously MrGup2 you have never sat in one of his courtrooms or you wouldn't have made such a comment. In addition, bond is not a punishment but rather a method to guarantee the accused appears in court.

  • RB-1 Dec 2, 2010

    The judge had to follow what's called "due process" and that includes a reasonable bond until tried and found guilty.

    If the bond is too high, an attorney can fight that - and win.