Controversy over murder suspect release

Controversy over murder suspect release

There are 22 comments on the WSFA-TV Montgomery story from Nov 12, 2009, titled Controversy over murder suspect release. In it, WSFA-TV Montgomery reports that:

When Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin took office more than 18 years ago, he swore to uphold the law and keep the bad guys locked up in jail.

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Sugar Land, TX

#1 Nov 14, 2009
I think it is terrible that the officials of Elmore County gave bond to the 80 year old man who killed Mr. Barrett and shot Jerry and Linda Ingram. Age and health shouldn't matter one bit. A murderer is still a murderer. This turn of events disgust me.
Lindas friend

Sugar Land, TX

#2 Nov 14, 2009
Mr. Jones would be have medicare and is retired from the military with their insurance so why wouldn't they pay for his medical condition. He hasn't been convicted of a crime yet so I don't understand why anyone would say he is a cost to the county. Hospitals and doctors would bill them just as they would anyone.

United States

#3 Nov 15, 2009
I was a victim. I was in a coma for 3 weeks then hospital for 2 more then medicare for 2 weeks. I had 100 stitches, 4 medal plates in my arm. I have hardley any use of my right hand. Also my body is full of pellets. I have lost almost all my hair from the trauma Since they let Mr. Jones go to Va. to the VA hospital why could he not have gone to Montgomery or Tuskegee VA hospital and if he got better returned to jail. I don't think he will ever return.
Captain John Nester


#4 Nov 15, 2009
I was a police officer for thirty two years, and had worked with cases like this ... Lets fase it the bottom line is MONEY Elmore Co does not want to pay the price of taking care of Mr. Jones, reguardless of the lives he had ruined and the life he took of Mr Barette . This is totally wrong and is a slap in the fase of Mr. and Mrs. Ingram. I would hope that the issue is not forgotten at election time.
The othervictim

United States

#5 Nov 15, 2009
I have about 30 pellets in my body. Some are really close to my heart. Dr. talked about operating but decided they were to close to my heart and decided to leave them alone. I am in constant pain with my shoulder where I was shot. Just something I will have to live with. It is my understanding they are about to spend $900,000 on adding on to the jail. I guess this is more important than keeping a murderer in jail. Maybe they just keep the ones they want in there
Cookie- friend of Ingrams

Kissimmee, FL

#6 Nov 15, 2009
I am appalled at "the system"! A murderer does not deserve special treatment which this Jones creep is getting! He deserves to be locked up for life and if he dies in jail, so be it. What is "the system" doing for the Ingrams and for the family of the neighbor who was killed? We know the answer is NOTHING! These folks have been scarred for life. The sheriff cares about the murderer and nothing for the victims! So to all the murderers out there who have a medical condition, you can kill innocent people and live the good life for doing so...this makes me SICK!
Rebecca Texas


#7 Nov 15, 2009
I am very angry and disappointed that the Circuit Court Judge would release an indicted murderer on ANY amount of bail. The release tells me that the Judge and Sheriff feel that the life of my father and the health of Mr. and Mrs. Ingram are worthless.

United States

#8 Nov 15, 2009
A stipulation of Mr. Jones was as follows
That he shall not RESIDE, STAY or REMAIN in Elmore, Montgomery, Chilton or Autaga counties. Notice it does not say he cannot come back so long as he doesn't stay. We live right next door to him

Niceville, FL

#9 Nov 15, 2009
Elmore County Sheriff Franklin and especially Judge Reynolds make me sick to my stomach. You should both resign IMMEDIATELY! People in your positions should be doing what you can to put criminals behind bars and KEEP them behind bars. However, what seems to rule in your court is the almighty dollar and not justice. You claim that Jones' treatment would cost you $300,000.00 so you let him out on $2,500.00 bail and then let him go OUT OF STATE for treatment - an indicted MURDERER! Well, guess who's taking care of the treatments? The Veterans Administration! If that's the case, why couldn't you spend a few dollars in gas money to run him down to Montgomery for the same treatment? Jones is free and there is nothing stopping him from just walking away to never be seen again. He is out of sight - out of mind, and the Judge and Sheriff don't seem to mind one bit. There is no justice in Wetumpka, Alabama.
Ann Mayes

Sugar Land, TX

#10 Nov 15, 2009
How could such a thing happen in the first place? The police didn't do their job when they came to handle the situation the first time. If they had, there would not have been a murder or 2 attempted murders. Now that the fact is done, I don't feel that the county officials are living up to their responsibilities of protecting our citizens and the victims. This man may not be able to live here in Elmore County, but that's not to say he can't "drop in" at anytime. There is nothing to stop him at this point from returning and shooting someone else. Where has our law enforcement gone???

Santa Fe, NM

#11 Nov 15, 2009
I do not pretend to know all the politics associated with this case, but I do know that any person with even a little common sense knows that you do not let a man accused of murder and attempted murder with this much evidence against him out of jail. I also seriously question the competency of a sheriff who has apparently said he is at peace with this decision. What mentally stable person would feel at peace with letting this man out of jail? If this was determined to be the best option available in this situation, then someone really needs to take a long hard look at our justice system because none of us should feel safe.

Fort Wayne, IN

#12 Nov 16, 2009
If this is your kind of justice for murder and attempted MURDER I don't ever want to come to Elmore County Al.
Shirley of Michigan

United States

#13 Nov 16, 2009
I have felt absolutely nauseated of the fact Judge of Circuit Court and Sheriff of Elmore County have agreed to Mr. Jones bonding out of jail and leaving the State of Alabama. What on earth are they thinking?$$$$$$$$$ Apparently so. Mr. Jones cold bloodedly killed Mr. Barrett. Jones is a MURDERER!!!! Mr. Jones ATTEMPTED TO KILL the Ingrams. Whether he is ill or not, the fact is he is a MURDERER and a DANGER TO SOCIETY. I am frightened for the Vets at the VA Hospital in Virginia. This guy is a wacko and might snap again at any moment. How sad for the people in Wetumpka and Elmore County to feel their county officials have more compassion for the MURDERER than the VICTIMS.

Montgomery, AL

#14 Nov 16, 2009
This is a travesty of justice and Sheriff Franklin and Judge Reynolds should be ran out of office. 6 months served for murder and 2 counts of attempted murder is the most ludicrous thing that I have ever heard. And to admit that this mans medical expenses were the sole reason for release is even more reason that the sheriff and judge should be disciplined for their actions. If you can not budget for murderers than you should be replaced with a competent sheriff than can. The message that this displays is that it is ok to murder; especially if you have a medical condition. That means that you will go free. I wonder what the sheriff or judge would do if their mother or father or son or daughter was the one that was murdered? Would we be having this story. Total incompetence and disrespect for the law and our rights as citizens by Sheriff Bill Franklin and Judge Reynolds.
Joan -Tyler TX

Mabank, TX

#15 Nov 16, 2009
We all should be outraged, when someone murders an innocent by-stander after thinking that he had just murdered two other people, and THEN is let out of jail. What judge would allow such a thing? What kind of justice is that?
The victims must suffer the pain caused by this thoughtless, cruel monster, while he now has the opportunity to do the same to anyone else that makes him irate.
A family is suffering the loss of their father. One should go though the trials and tribulations of life and have the journey end peacefully and respectfully. To have it end in such a brutal manner will torment that family for the rest of their lives.
Two beautiful people, who have only been kind and good to everyone, will now have to continue to live this nightmare and even more horrendous is the physical pain they will have to endure for the rest of their lives.

Greenville, SC

#16 Nov 17, 2009
My message is to Judge (and I use that term lightly)Reynolds, Sheriff Franklin, and D.A. Houston. The pain and suffering that Jerry and Linda and the Barret family can only be appreciated if you were there day after day at their bedside as I was. If this had been their family members who went through all this how quick would they have been to release this dispicable human being into society to breath the free air when Mr. Barrett who was such a wonderful person will never be here to enjoy hisl loved ones . There seems to be more compassion for the criminal than the innocent people who were harmed. My thought is he will never return to stand trial thru one tactic or another.
Pat - Joe - PA

Lancaster, PA

#17 Nov 17, 2009
Sheriff Franklin, Judge Reynolds and DA Houston: How would you feel if this guy murdered and severely injured your loved ones? You would be all over the judicial system to keep this murderer behind bars where he belongs. I wonder how many "geriactric" murderers, rapists, sex offenders, etc. are out on the streets because the budget doesn't permit to keep them behnd bars! This is insane. Our daughter-in-law is an aneurysm survivor, so what makes you play God and say Paul Jones' aneurysm is fatal? I wonder what FOX News would think if they got ahold of this story. We are outraged at this man being on the streets, let alone left out of state.
Homeowner - Meadowbrook

Ashville, AL

#18 Nov 17, 2009
Nehemiah knew leadership, had humility to be dependent on God, showed courage, was compassionate, showed courage, had a vision, had wisdom, etc. He showed that we should keep moving forward even if we fail. At this time I believe we should all pray for our leaders to be more like Nehemiah. I also pray for the victims and their families and I pray for the elderly residents of the Meadowbrook Subdivision in Wetumpka. If only our leaders had been in the area when the shootings occurred and had seen the fear I saw and continue to see in their faces, the outcome may be different.
A friend

Wetumpka, AL

#19 Nov 17, 2009
What happened that day Mr. Jones shot three people, killing one and forever altering the lives of two others was horrific. Not only did he change the lives of those families, but he changed the lives of everyone around them. A man who hurt and scared people so intensely that people now can not feel safe in their own homes; they wonder if he might show up and do it all over again because the price he paid the first time was nothing and he has nothing to lose. We as citizens, as taxpayers are supposed to respect, trust and believe in our law enforcement, in our court system and in the people who have the power to keep our families safe only to find out that these are the same people who knowingly put us in harm's way by letting a man free who should never walk the streets as a free man again. I know that every day I wonder about the safety of my famly and if this man will return to terrorize those families once again. We would never know if he came to town because there have been no measures to prevent him from ever returning to harm again. I just can't help but to keep asking, how did they let that cold blooded murderer back out on the streets, what were they thinking because there is nothing that can possibly justify this decision.
Family Friend

Shelton, CT

#20 Nov 18, 2009
To the Judge, DA, and Sheriff....nice work fella's...real sound strategic thinking laced with money (shocking)...sounds like you need to overhaul your 'system' down there Alabama. The guy post's bail (a "fraction" of the $25K mind you) and then walks out the door with his son. Here's a thought, why don't we put the medical financial burden on the family of the accused? That is when and IF it is needed. The aortic aneurysm is 'potentially' fatal to the 80 year man while the bullet from his gun was 'completely' fatal to the 85 year old victim. What is wrong with this world??

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