By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A 51-year-old Pulaski man facing multiple charges, including stalking and sexual battery, will have to come up with a $10,000 secured bond if he is to get out of jail pending his Nov. 18 trial.
Wade McNichols said his client, Bobby Douglas Bentley, has been unable to post the bond set when he was arrested in mid-September. McNichols said his client has no reason or financial means to leave the state if he is released from custody and that Bentley is willing to abide by any curfew the court sees fit to impose.
Pulaski County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith objected to a reduction in bond, citing Bentley’s lack of a stable address.
Bentley told the court he was living at Budget Inn in Pulaski for about two months when he was arrested. He says motel management has agreed to allow him to return there upon release. Prior to living at Budget Inn, Bentley said he lived at Beijing Motel in Pulaski. Prior to that, he was in jail for 14 months.
Bentley, who receives disability due to epilepsy, said the maximum bond he can post is $250 since he owns no property. McNichols contends the $10,000 bond is unreasonable.
Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. disagreed and denied Bentley’s bond appeal. “It’s not accurate he can’t leave the state without any money,” the judge told McNichols. “I wish that were the case.”
According to court records, Bentley also is charged with six counts of misdemeanor assault and battery. Bentley said he is on probation for unlawful wounding.
Based on evidence presented Monday, the alleged victim also lived at Budget Inn. Bentley told the court she no longer resides there.