The lawyer representing Columbus attorney Mark Shelnutt, facing a 40-count federal indictment on drug and money laundering charges, filed a motion late Wednesday to have Shelnutt's bond reduced.
At Shelnutt’s arraignment earlier Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth set a $50,000 fully secured bond.
“Although the stated purpose in imposing the $50,000 secured bond was for the purpose of treating Mr. Shelnutt’s case ‘as all cases,’ in fact the bond imposed was higher than reasonably necessary to secure Mr. Shelnutt’s appearance, and it is different from the Court’s treatment of defendants in other allegedly related cases,” the motion read.
The May 21 indictment alleges a connection between Shelnutt and convicted drug dealer Torrance Hill.
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Hill’s secured bond was initially set at $50,000, but later reduced to $10,000, according to the motion. Two other defendants in the Hill case, Latea Davis and Shawn Buckley were released on unsecured $25,000 bonds.
Shelnutt’s attorney, Thomas A Withers, argues his client’s bond is excessive.
“Mr. Shelnutt respectfully submits that an unsecured bond of $25,000 or less ... would constitute a reasonable bond,” the motion states.
Shelnutt posted the $50,000 bond Wednesday shortly after the arraignment.