Three teenagers charged in the fatal shooting of a woman who worked at a Columbia bakery will stay behind bars for now after waiving their right to a bond hearing yesterday.
Meanwhile, a special panel will look for ways to keep violent criminals in jail after they're arrested.
One of the suspects charged in the shooting death of 33-year-old mother-of-four Kelly Hunnewell during a robbery attempt as she was baking bagels the morning of July 1st was out on bond at the time of the murder.
Yet, 18-year-old Lorezno Young had been repeatedly arrested for violent crimes including assault and battery, armed robbery and kidnapping.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has announced the creation of the Panel on Violent Crime and Bond Reform, which will recommend new tools for law enforcement to keep career criminals off the street once they're taken into custody.
Benjamin says the group of nine community leaders will work to shut what he says is a “revolving door” that lets violent offenders who terrorize the community get right back at it as quickly as they're arrested.
The panel will also make recommendations to state lawmakers on strengthening state laws regarding how courts set bonds.
The group's first meeting is Monday.