At least one Greensboro police official wonders whether two men charged with murder and then released on low bonds will show up for future court appearances.
``I don't think it's much incentive for somebody to come back,' said Capt. Don Jenkins, the head of the Greensboro Police Department's criminal investigation division.Howard Pressley, 20, of 2326 Acorn Rd., and Michael Avery Gooding, 22, of 1207-F Arlee St., were released from jail after paying $300 cash each. Both are charged with murder in the death of Dwayne Anthony Greer, 23, of 912 E. Lee St. Greer died in a shoot-out between two groups of men at Morningside Homes last month.
Morningside residents were outraged that Pressley and Gooding got out of jail so easily.
``These people down here are very tense,' said Evelyn Taylor, president of the Morningside Residents Council. ``They're scared something else is going to happen.'
Guilford County District Attorney Jim Kimel acknowledged Wednesday that the bonds seemed low for murder charges.
``If other warrants are served on these defendants, and they come before the court for another first appearance, I'm sure their bond situation will receive a thorough review,' Kimel said.
Pressley and Gooding were charged Monday with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in connection with the shot that wounded Kinton Carroll, 11. Carroll was hit in the arm by a stray bullet during the Morningside Homes shoot-out. Neither Pressley nor Gooding has been arrested on that charge.
The News & Record incorrectly reported Wednesday that Pressley was released on $300 bond. According to court records, secured bonds for both Pressley and Gooding actually were set at $2,000. To get out of jail, the two men had to pay 15 percent of the secured bond, or $300.
In addition, McSwain set a $23,000 unsecured bond on Gooding. Gooding had no obligation to pay the unsecured bond in order to get out of jail. But if he fails to appear in court when ordered, he stands to lose $25,000 - the total of the secured and unsecured bonds.