Bynum Seeks Reduced Bond


On Thursday, April 25, Shannon Foster, defense attorney for Scott County inmate James Bynum, filed a motion to have his bond reduced or for the judge to grant Bynum house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Bynum’s conviction was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court after he was found guilty on 10 counts of sexual assault in the fourth degree and two counts of sexual assault in the second degree. –See related story

In the motion filed with the Scott County Circuit Court, Bynum is seeking a reduced bond, from $75,000 to $25,000. According to the filing, Bynum’s pacemaker recently stopped working. “The defendant did not receive any medical care for 15-20 minutes at the jail…which could have been fatal.”

As a result, Bynum was hospitalized. Foster claims that Bynum’s medication has been improperly administered on at least one occasion since that time. Additionally that, “…the defendant is a long-term resident of Waldron, and his family and his physicians are in this area, and is not a flight risk. The defendant prays that his bond be lowered to $25,000 or that, in the alternative, he be placed on electronic monitoring in his home so that he can receive proper health care pending his trial.”

Bynum’s trial is set to begin on July 29, 2019.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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