Jeff Smith, NBC 5 News
Prosecutors hoping to raise the bond of Brian Cloninger, the man charged with shooting an 8-year-old boy in the face, will have to wait to make their case after the hearing was rescheduled.
Dallas prosecutors hoping to reverse a million-dollar bond reduction for the man charged with shooting an eight-year-old boy in the face will have to wait another day before making their case
Brian Cloninger is charged with felony injury to a child after firing two shots at eight-year-old DJ Maiden last month. One of the bullets hit Maiden in the jaw. His family says he’s scared of strangers and may never regain feeling on that part of his face.
Cloninger’s bond was originally set at $2.2 million, but a judge this month reduced the bond to $1 million after Cloninger’s attorneys argued the original amount was “unconstitutionally high.”
During the hearing, Cloninger’s wife testified under oath she couldn’t afford the $2.2 million bond but could afford to pay $25,000 cash. However, prosecutors on Monday filed a motion challenging the reduction, saying Cloninger and his wife did not disclose lake property they own.
The state also wants to add conditions to Cloninger’s bond including wearing an alcohol monitoring device, forbidding him from travelling outside of Dallas County, and keeping him in his house except for weekday work hours.
The bond hearing was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, but it was rescheduled for Wednesday.
The court coordinator told NBC5 the state filed for the hearing only yesterday and the judge is in the middle of a trial that couldn’t be delayed on Tuesday.
A handful of community activists who’ve been watching this case closely showed up at the courthouse anyway to find out what happened.
"We understand these things happen, the wheels of justice turn how they turn. But we'll be here every step of the way, because we don't believe a man like that should be free after doing what he did," said Roy Williams, community activist.