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Thursday, June 29, 2017

'Mental health concerns' cited at arraignment of monument destruction suspect

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 11:44 AM

click to enlarge MICHAEL REED
  • MICHAEL REED
Michael Reed of Van Buren, charged with destroying the new Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol early Wednesday, was arraigned today by County District Judge Wayne Gruber.

According to an account by Emma Pettit of Arkansas Online, he interrupted his public defender and the judge on several occasions. The defender, Peggy Egan, reportedly said there might be "mental health concerns" to consider.

Reed was arrested in 2014 for destroying a similar monument in Oklahoma and later released from hospitalization on condition he continue to receive treatment for mental issues. The prosecuting attorney reportedly told the judge Reed had a record including drug possession and DWI.

The defender asked for a $10,000 bond. The prosecutor asked for $100,000. KATV said the bond was set at $100,000. He's charged with trespass, criminal mischief and defacing an object of public respect. The mischief charge is the only felony, class C, for damage between $5,000 and $25,000.

Reed wanted to represent himself and interjected "My Lord" and "My God" during the proceedings, KATV said.

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