Criminal Justice

DA claims felony-murder defendant got high as forgotten baby died in hot car, but OKs reduced bond

Originally held in lieu of bond ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 in a felony murder case over the death of a young foster daughter who died after apparently being forgotten in the car, a Kansas man was released on Saturday after the terms of his bond were changed to require only a signature and $5,000.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett contended that defendant Seth Michael Jackson, 29, had purchased marijuana earlier in the day and was high when he left 10-month-old Kadillak Poe-Jones in the car after the family arrived home in Wichita on July 24. Nonetheless, the DA agreed that Jackson is not a danger to others, paving the way for a judge to reduce bond to an affordable amount, reports KWCH.

At a Friday hearing, Judge Dave Dahl modified Jackson’s bail to include a $200,000 signature bond and a $50,000 surety bond. That allowed his release after $5,000 was paid to a bail bondsman, the station reports.

See also: “Foster dad charged with felony murder in baby’s accidental hot-car death; could get life sentence”

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