Antoinette Davis, Shaniya’s Mother, Released on Bail
This is a day old; and this development is–as they say–all kinds of wrong. A private bondsperson put up the $51,000 bail, and she was freed on Sunday night. Talk about quiet as it is kept. Pregnant or not, this woman does not need to be on the streets, for her own safety and for the safety of her unborn baby.
There are thousands of people who simply want to beat the living daylights out of her for what she is alleged to have done–selling her daughter to a grown man to pay off a drug debt. And if she starts doing crack between court dates, well…you know what I’m thinking. From the Fayetteville Observer:
Davis had been held at Central Prison in Raleigh, but Tanna said Cumberland County deputies were ordered to bring Davis back to Fayetteville and release her.
Her bond was posted by Accredited Surety and Casualty Co. Inc.
The local agent, Julius D. Robinson, declined to comment on Davis’ bond.
Bondsmen require the defendant or the family to put up anywhere from 5 percent to 15 percent of the bond in collateral, including cash and property.
Davis’ lawyer, D.W. Bray, would not say what her family used for collateral.
Bail is designed to ensure someone who has been charged will appear in court, according to Bray. He said his client is presumed innocent.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that bail cannot be used as punishment, he said.
That Davis posted bail is “standard practice,” Bray said.
“This isn’t unusual,” he said.
Davis is scheduled to appear in District Court on April 15.
Meanwhile, Bradley Lockhart had to be interviewed (by telephone) on his feelings about the matter. Yeah, he also says he wants to put this all behind him. I’ll bet he does.
Shaniya’s father, Bradley Lockhart, says he is angry about her release.
“I’m pretty much speechless,” he said. “I’m angry at the way this whole thing has preceded. I am angry that she is out, angry I have to keep reliving this.”
Lockhart says he thinks Antoinette Davis should have remained behind bars, where she’s been since her arrest last November. He says Davis shares the blame for Shaniya’s death.
“At the beginning of all this I said justice and God would be the judge, and I see the justice system has kind of let us down,” Lockhart said.
He also vehemently denies rumors he helped pay for Davis’ bail.
“That rumor is absolutely not true,” he said. “I’m still paying for Shaniya’s headstone, just like there was rumors that there was thousands of dollars put out there for Shaniya’s case, most of that was footed by me.”
Davis’ lawyer and the private bondsman who put up her bond aren’t saying where the money came from.
ABC11 Eyewitness News tried to contact Antoinette Davis, but relatives say she is in seclusion, and on the advice of her attorney is not talking.
None of Davis’ immediate relatives seem to have that kind of money to have facilitated her release from jail. None. Only Lockhart has that kind of money, and the immediate surmise that he might have had something to do with it is rather interesting, because it brings in the possibility of blackmail behind bars. Get me out, or I’ll talk.
On the other hand, if the woman turns up dead between some court dates, for whatever reason, there goes another witness. A rather vital witness.
Are the cops looking at this? They can’t be blind to this.
SMH. Her release is wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.