Montgomery judge sets bail hearing for man charged after mass shooting at bowling alley




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  • 2022-01-11 18:09:05Z
  • By The Montgomery Advertiser
Bama Lanes on Atlanta Highway in Montgomery, Ala.
Bama Lanes on Atlanta Highway in Montgomery, Ala.  

A Montgomery County District Judge will consider prosecutor's request to increase the bail for a man accused of killing one and shooting six others at a bowling alley.

District Attorney Daryl Bailey filed a motion Monday requesting that bail for Tory Johnson be increased from $270,000 to $2 million. Johnson posted bail and was released from the Montgomery County Detention Facility on Sunday.

Judge Tiffany McCord will consider the motion at a hearing on Friday at 9 a.m., according to an order filed Tuesday morning.

Johnson, 23, was charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Jeffery Reed and six counts of assault. Police say the shootings occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday at Bama Lanes on Atlanta Highway.

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Bailey, in his motion, characterized the $270,000 bail as "woefully inadequate to protect the public from this dangerous and violent criminal."

A magistrate was tasked with setting the bail, as is practice for arrests over a weekend. The magistrate who issued the warrants against Johnson set the bond for each charge at the maximum allowed.

The magistrate, Bailey explained, is bound by the Alabama bail schedule, which sets the maximum for a murder charge at $150,000, the maximum for a Class B felony like first-degree assault at $30,000 and the maximum for a Class C felony like second-degree assault at $15,000.

It's unclear how Johnson's bail would be handled if McCord increases it, as he's already been released on the initial amount.

Bailey has long been a proponent of increasing the maximum bail schedule for violent crimes, particularly for a murder charge. He petitioned late last year to increase the amount from $150,000 to $1.5 million, a change that requires the Alabama Supreme Court's approval.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Kirsten Fiscus at 334-318-1798 or KFiscus@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @KDFiscus

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