No bail should be allowed for serial stalkers

Criminal justice reform has two sides:

Brooklyn Williams, 23, and Andre Cousiamono, 27, both died of gunshot wounds to the head Tuesday afternoon, High Point police said in a statement obtained by news outlets.

Cousiamono was arrested and released on bond last month on outstanding warrants for felony stalking and cyberstalking, records showed. He also had pending charges of misdemeanor stalking, communicating threats and harassing phone calls from January incidents involving Williams, police said. A handgun was found beside Cousiamono and binoculars were discovered in his car near the scene Tuesday, according to police.

If you don't see the gaping issue in that second paragraph, read it again. That he was bonded out for a misdemeanor in January I can understand. The fact that case is still pending I can also understand; the pandemic has paralyzed court calendars. It's that second bond that pisses me off, and is directly responsible for this woman's death. At that point it was obvious he was not going to stop stalking her. His earlier bond should have been revoked, but even if it wasn't, that second bond should have been denied outright. I can't find anything (right now) on the handgun, whether it was legally registered under his name or not, or whether he had been directed to surrender any firearms. But we need some damn answers, and you can keep your "thoughts and prayers" to yourself.

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