BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala (WALA) - Former Spanish Fort football star Deon Johnson was back in court Monday, August 26 for a bond hearing. The motion was denied after the state produced more evidence of contact between Johnson and one of the alleged victims in his case.
Johnson should have spent Monday preparing for his first game with the Crimson Tide this weekend. Instead, he was in court hoping for bond.
Johnson, who is facing multiple sexual assault charges against three victims, had his bond revoked in February after it was found he had communicated with one of the alleged victims.
In Monday’s bond hearing, prosecution brought recordings of phone calls with the same victim that had been made from jail. Judge Langford Floyd said the continuing communication left him no assurances that Johnson would follow the rules and bond was not reinstated.
Johnson’s defense attorney John White told us, “As far as the bond goes, we're disappointed but we're going to move on. And I'm pretty sure the court is going to give him as fast of a court trial date that they can.”
FEMALE INSTIGATING SOME OF THE COMMUNICATION
The frustrating part for the family is they said the victim has been instigating some of the communication. Be that as it may, Judge Floyd said that it is Johnson that who has to follow the rules of the court
”Unfortunately, she's not in jail; he is. And the rules only apply to him unfortunately,” White said.
Judge Floyd said if the alleged victim persists on trying to contact Johnson, she will have to answer to the court as well. Meanwhile, Judge Floyd left the door open for Johnson to reinstate his bond down the road if he can prove there’s no more contact with the alleged victim.
”If things change and I get information that is going to help me, then we’ll revisit it. And see if we can get him out,” White told us.
NEXT COURT DATE
The next step for Johnson is a youthful offender status hearing on September 25. That will determine if the 19-year-old will face an adult or a juvenile trial.
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