The bond for a defendant who had assaulted a Southern Pines police officer on Sunday November 4th was raised in Moore County District Court today from $1500.00 to $15,000.00 after the Moore County District Attorney’s office had sought an increase in the bond to $500,000.00 at a motion hearing Thursday morning.
Mr. Charles Kadeem White, who was present in court today, was initially held and then released Sunday November 4, 2018 under a $1500.00 secure bond for charges of assault on a government official, resist/obstruct government official, and intoxicated/disruptive.
The incident reportedly began as the officer went to investigate reports of a male violently beating a female in a vehicle at approximately 1:55 am. During the confrontation the officer sustained cuts to his hands and legs along with other soft tissue injuries. The officer was treated and referred for follow up treatment. Mr. White was taken into custody after a second officer arrived on the scene, and after the use of a Taser.
After becoming aware of the incident, as well as additional details not known to the initial magistrate including prior assault on law enforcement officers by Mr White, combined with other factors including a lengthy criminal record, Moore County District Attorney Maureen Kruger’s office filed a motion asking that the prior bond of $1500.00 be revoked and sought an increase in the bond to $500,000.00.
In Thursday’s court hearing Assistant District Attorney Jordan Cansler appeared before Judge Etheridge in Moore County District Court asking for this bond increase to be approved.
After hearing from the Assistant District Attorney and the defendants attorney, Judge Etheridge raised the bond of the defendant from $1500.00 to $15,000.00 and Mr. White was taken back into custody in the courtroom to be transported to the Moore County Detention Center.
According to witnesses in the courtroom, as the defendant walked out the side door of the court in the custody of deputies he stated “I’ll be out by the end of the day”.
Appearing in court today in support of the motion to increase the bond for assaulting the officer was the President of the Moore County Law Enforcement Association Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme along with several current and retired law enforcement officers from Moore County.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.