Mother Questions Bond Amount Given to Son's Accused Killer Now Out of Jail

HOT SPRINGS, Ark -- A Central Arkansas mother, whose son was gunned down in Hot Springs over the summer, is upset at the bond amount given to the man accused for murdering her son.

The accused gunman is out of jail tonight.

Sheila Duvall is furious.

"I have some fears," said Duvall.

After learning the man who police said killed her 29-year-old son, Derek, is now a free man.

"I caught a headache [and] immediately started crying," said Duvall. "I'm just really unbalanced right now."

Investigators said her son was shot to death outside a Hot Springs gas station back in August.

"He had so much to blossom and he got cut short," said Duvall.

Police arrested Lindaniel West for the murder.

West was recently given a 150-thousand dollar bond amount for capital murder and 10-thousand dollar bond amount for aggravated assault. He was able to post bond and get out of jail.

"I believe for capital murder, it ain't no reasonable bond," said Duvall.

Defense attorney Bill James said the bond amount has a lot to do with the facts of the case.

 "150 [thousand dollars] is pretty good. You'd don't see a lot of capital murders under a hundred, certainly," said James. "If you have just a straight on aggravated robbery in a shooting, that's certainly going to be closer to a no bond situation. If you have a case of a dispute between two people, may still be charged with capital murder, but the bond may not be that large because the suspect isn't considered a major risk to the public."

Still, Duvall said if West had no bond or if it was higher, he might not be a free man.

"I'm very upset because I don't have my son anymore and not only did he take his life from me, he's able to walk the streets," said Duvall.

She's now working to find out who she needs to talk to, to put West back behind bars.

"My son's not here to fight. So, me as a mother, I have to fight for my baby," said Duvall.

Although James said Duvall's efforts may be in vain.

"Other than talking to the prosecutors really not a lot an individual can do," said James.

"I'm not going to let this rest because he shouldn't be out," said Duvall.

She plans on talking to the judge over her son's case Monday to find out how they came up with the bond amount.


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