‘Devastating,’ nonprofit says after bailing out Missouri man accused of killing wife | The Wichita Eagle

kansas | 4/18/2019 | Staff
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Hours after a nonprofit group bailed a Missouri man out of jail, he beat his wife so severely that she died five days later, police said, according to KMOV.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, is accused of killing Marcia Johnson, 54, on April 9, KMOV reported. She died on April 14 — and two days later, Scott, of St. Louis, was charged with first-degree murder in connection to his wife’s death.

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Prior to the murder charge, Scott had been booked into jail on April 5 on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge after he was accused of hitting his wife on “the right side of her face with his fist” in January, KTVI reported.

“While he was in jail, (his) wife got a restraining order against him which prohibited him from getting within 300 feet of her,” KSDK reported. “But one day later, his $5,000 bail was posted by The Bail Project and he went to her home ... around 7:45 p.m. At around 11 p.m., a friend of his wife brought her to the hospital after finding her bleeding from her head.”

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The woman died of injuries caused by “blunt force trauma,” KMOV reported.

Court documents show Scott was released from jail on April 9 with help from The Bail Project, KTVI reported.

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“The Bail Project is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system,” according to its website. “We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.”

The project is a nonprofit organization, according to its website.

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Mike Milton, site manager of the St. Louis Bail Project, said in a written statement that this is a “devastating” moment, according to...
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