Judge Sets Bond For Teen Who Shot Girlfriend In Traffic
Markel Ervin Was Free on Kidnapping Charge When Destinee Virgin Killed
A Columbus teen accused of Malice Murder could walk out of Jail on bond even after a Muscogee County Grand Jury returned a seven count Indictment on Markel Ervin this past week.
The 18 year old is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly shooting Destinee Virgin after she got out of her car near the intersection of Rigdon and Macon Road pleading with drivers for help.
Ervin was being detained on a single count of murder for the death of Virgin described as his ex girlfriend.
The teen allegedly stalked and kidnapped Virgin months prior to killing her last September.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Anthony handled the original case of kidnapping and is also assigned to the current murder case.
Anthony told First News because the defendant was not indicted within 90 days of the murder charge he is legally entitled to a bond.
Court records show Ervin’s attorney made a motion for bond last month claiming the defendant didn’t pose a threat or danger to the community.
The bond is issued at the discretion the judge, in this case William Rumer.
The prosecutor asked Judge Rumer to set the bond as high as possible but the judge issued the 250 thousand dollar bond requested by the defense for the single count of murder.
Another Judge not assigned to the case said it was up to the Judge to set a “reasonable” bond.
The Assistant District Attorney told First News the original charge of kidnapping could not be prosecuted by law because the victim is now dead.
This past week, eight months after Destinee Virgin’s murder a Grand Jury returned a true bill and seven count indictment, including Malice Murder and Kidnapping for the incident on Macon Road.
Noting the voluminous case file, the Assistant District Attorney said 90 days to present the case to a Grand Jury wasn’t a reasonable task.
It is standard the prosecutor said for the Judge to now apply the bond already set on the first count to the other counts listed in that Indictment.
Ultimately that means Markel Ervin only has to come up with 10 to 12 percent of his $250 thousand dollar bond to walk out of the Muscogee County Jail a free man pending trial.
Ervin’s high profile defense attorney Stacey Jackson did not respond when asked directly about the bond motion outside the courtroom.
Judge William Rumer was away from the Bench and unavailable for comment on this report.