Mobile DA responds after questions are raised over murder suspects' bond

District attorney says no cash component was set for murder suspect

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - A man who was out on bond for murder in Mobile County is back in custody on new charges. 

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Jesse Lane was arrested for several car break-ins in the county and city. 

Lane is also charged in the Halloween murder of 26-year-old Lumumba Green in 2016. Green's body was found burned inside a car on Dekalb and Colbert Streets in the Alabama Village area in Prichard. His body was burned so severely that investigators could only identify him through dental records.

In a post on Facebook, the sheriff's office questioned why Lane was released on bond in the first place. Lane's bond was set at $175,000. 

After seeing the story on News 5, an angry Judge Bob Sherling called the newsroom to say he set bond at the amount asked for by the District Attorney's office.

News 5 reached out to Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich who said, "This is a situation where if the bond had been set with a cash component, he more than likely would not have made bond and had the opportunity to commit other crimes.We are always urging judges to set a cash component."

Rich says requiring the suspect to pay a certain amount of bond in cash would help prevent situations like this from happening.

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