$100K Bond Set for Man Jailed in Ten Commandments Monument Destruction

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Bond has been set at $100,000 for the Van Buren man accused of destroying a newly-installed Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Michael Reed, 32, appeared before a judge in Pulaski County District Court via a video link from the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.

In Thursday’s hearing, Reed repeatedly interrupted the public defender by saying he didn’t want to be represented. He also kept saying “My Lord My God.”

After requesting that Reed’s microphone be muted, the public defender voiced concerns about Reed’s mental health.

Reed was arrested soon after the incident that happened before dawn. A video that Reed posted on his Facebook page showed a vehicle ramming into the monument. The impact reduced the momnument to rubble less than 24 hours after it was erected.

Another hearing for Reed was set for Sept. 7. He’s facing charges of Defacing Objects of Public Interest, Criminal Trespass, and Criminal Mischief.


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