RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NC — This morning in Rutherford County NC District Court, Judge Robert Martelle ruled against ex-WoFF member Stephen Cordes’ motion for a reduction of the $100,000 bond. Many bailbondsmen require a $10,000 cash payment upfront. In his ruling, Judge Martell noted that:
- Cordes had a loaded shotgun,
- was in possession of illegal controlled substances,
- left his car running outside the home,
- and had entered the home armed with a pistol.
Inside the home were a nearly 100 years-old elder and a two years-old toddler who reportedly faced the gunman.
Cordes was awarded a court-appointed public defender, and was represented by Laura Powell.
Cordes’ $100,000 bond was posted Friday morning (May 1) and he is released from jail.