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Ex-WoFF member makes bail despite judge’s denial of bail reduction

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.

 

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