Family of woman killed outraged after drunk-driving suspect released in under 36 hours

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 8:27 PM

UPDATE: A judge has ruled that King is not allowed to drink alcohol or enter a bar.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- The family of a woman killed in a drunk driving incident is outraged after the suspect was let go after less than 36 hours.

The bond for the accused drunk driver, 24-year-old Travis King, was set at $60,000, and the family says they felt it was too low for such a serious charge.

“I don’t think the bond issue was right,” said David Disselhorst, son in law of Geraldine Davis who was killed. “I think the bond was too low for the crime that was done.”

The bond was set by Madison County Associate Judge James Hackett. News 4 went to the courthouse to speak with Judge Hackett, but he wasn’t available.

Police reports say King was over twice the legal limit on the morning of October 20 when his Mustang slammed into the back of a pick-up carrying Davis and her daughter as they drove east on 270 at the 55 interchange near troy.

“It’s no different than someone taking a loaded gun,” said Disselhorst. “The only difference is the weapon. The car was a weapon instead of the gun.”

Prosecutors say they agree the bond was too low for their liking as well, but have asked for additional restrictions on King.

“We feel it’s absolutely important that he not be allowed to drink and not go into bars to prevent any further harm coming to anyone else,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons.  “That’s something monitored by local law enforcement .” 

 

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