Accused killer of 3-year-old child is back in jail from home incarceration
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The man accused of killing a 3-year-old child and her father is back in jail after his probation was revoked, WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters have learned.
Kevon Lawless is charged with murder for the deaths of Trinity Randolph and Brandon Waddles in 2020.
WAVE 3 News broke the story that Lawless was out on home incarceration after a music producer from New York paid his $300,000 bond. He was initially given a $1 million dollar bond before 30th Judicial Circuit Judge A. C. McKay Chauvin lowered it a few months later to $300,000.
Tuesday, Lawless was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Office with a probation violation warrant.
“There was a change in what you see as bond as but not in the sense that the judge lowered anything,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Tm Wine said. “The judge was setting a bond at $300,000.”
Wine explained once a suspect goes from district court up to circuit court, the previous bond doesn’t carry over and the judge is required to start from scratch. The judge starts on the premise of a suspect possibly being released on their own recognizance and then adding on from there. They consider the bond amount based on the gravity of the offense, nature of the alleged crime, the amount of money the suspect may have, whether they are a flight risk and the possibility that the person may re-offend.
“You have crazy, serious charges and all of that stuff adds up to a very, very high bond,” Chauvin told Lawless during the bond hearing. “I’m going to set your bond at $300,000. That is the highest bond I think I’ve ever set.”
A Jefferson County judge told WAVE 3 News that a $300,000 bond is six times the average $50,000 bond for a murder charge.
Kentucky’s constitution requires a bond no matter the charge, except for capital murder cases. At the time of the bond hearing, Lawless’ case had not been deemed as such. That changed in June and Lawless could now face the death penalty.
Lawless will have to face the probation and parole board before they determine his immediate future.
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