DECATUR -- The Decatur defendant charged with luring an Effingham man to his death in a cannabis heist failed on Tuesday to get his $5 million bond reduced.
Keirsean M. Bond, through his attorney, Monroe McWard, had pleaded for the bond to be reset between $50,000 and $100,000, so he could then afford to post the 10 percent required and walk out of the Macon County Jail.
But Judge Thomas Griffith, acknowledging $5 million was “very substantial,” said it was also necessary for Bond, who faces five counts of first degree murder. “... I believe at this time the bond is appropriate to ensure the safety of the community,” Griffith added.
Bond, 26, is pleading not guilty to what Griffith described as the “execution style” shooting death of Todd Feldkamp, 48, whose body was found Nov. 18 behind a house in the 1600 block of North Edward Street. A 25-year-old man, also from Effingham who traveled with Feldkamp, survived with gunshot wounds.
Police reports said Feldkamp and his companion came to Decatur thinking they were going to be able to sell a large quantity of cannabis. Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz said Bond had originally met the wounded man in prison and it was Bond, working with him, who set up the drug deal.
Police have acknowledged that Bond was not the gunman and an unknown accomplice he brought to the drug deal rendezvous did the shooting.
Griffith asked if the second suspect had been identified or arrested yet, and Kurtz told him he had not.
“And Mr. Bond could certainly lend credence to that situation?” asked the judge, meaning he could name his accomplice so police can arrest him. “And he has chosen not to, repeatedly,” replied Kurtz.
Arguing the bond reduction motion earlier, McWard said Bond needed out of jail so he could support his wife and four young children. McWard said Bond is a qualified truck driver and has a job waiting for him.
McWard did acknowledge Bond had not only the murder charge hanging over him but also a pending charge involving the distribution and manufacture of cocaine. But he said Bond had never missed a court appearance and could be trusted to show up.
But Kurtz had objected, arguing Bond posed a danger to the public and his past included several previous convictions for drug crimes. “He may have a history of showing up for court, but that is because he has so many court cases,” said Kurtz. “He comes to this court with a lengthy and serious criminal history.”