Man accused of killing spouse hours after being launched on bail

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ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man launched from jail after a nonprofit group posted his $5,000 bail in a home violence case went that very same evening to his spouse’s dwelling and killed her, prosecutors allege in charging paperwork.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was charged Tuesday with first-degree homicide within the loss of life of his spouse, 54-year-old Marcia Johnson. Scott is now jailed on $1 million bond.

Scott was charged April 5 with misdemeanor home assault for allegedly putting Johnson within the face in January, injuring her ear and cheekbone. A possible trigger assertion from the St. Louis Circuit Legal professional’s Workplace stated he additionally threatened that he “would possibly as effectively end what (he) began since (she) was going to contact the police.”

The possible trigger assertion stated that on April 9, the St. Louis Bail Challenge posted Scott’s bail and he was launched. The group is a part of the Bail Challenge, a nationwide group that bails out people who find themselves jailed awaiting trial and may’t afford their very own bail.

The possible trigger assertion stated Scott went to his spouse’s dwelling at 7:45 that very same evening. At 11 p.m., a good friend took Johnson to a hospital after discovering her head and physique bloodied. Johnson “was unconscious, had a damaged eye socket, a number of damaged ribs, and was bruised from head to toe,” the assertion stated.

She died Sunday. Police stated Scott admitted putting her. Scott doesn’t have a listed lawyer who may touch upon the allegations towards him.

The Bail Challenge has operated in St. Louis since January 2018. Bail Challenge Govt Director Robin Steinberg stated the group was “deeply saddened,” however bail wasn’t in charge for Johnson’s loss of life.

“Nobody may have predicted this tragedy,” Steinberg stated in a press release. “It’s vital to keep in mind that had he been rich sufficient to afford his bail, or bonded out by a industrial bail bond company, he would have been free pretrial as effectively. In occasions like this, we should come collectively for this household and preserve sight of the necessity to remodel the bigger programs that create poverty, racism and violence, together with the pretrial bail system.”

Scott had earlier convictions for drug crimes and assault relationship to the 1990s.

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