A judge has decided to raise the bond for David Henley Jr., the man accused of fatally hitting a teenager with his truck and leaving the scene.
Court records show that Henley has been in trouble with the law more than 35 times, mostly for traffic offenses.
The judge said he decided to raise the bond for the fatal hit-and-run from $10,000 to $100,000 because of the likelihood of Henley’s re-offending and the possibility of his being a flight risk.
On May 10, bond was also raised on the two other outstanding traffic charges against Henley. At the time of the deadly collision, he was out on $1,000 bond for two separate traffic charges. Both were increased to $15,000, making the total current bond $130,000.
According to court documents, Henley arrived at a house on South Circle shortly after the crash that killed 14-year-old Ricardo Gonzolez-Figueroa. One of the callers who tipped off police was headed to the same home with a friend and passed the accident scene on the way.
Documents reveal the tipster told police Henley admitted to hitting someone and that he was concerned the impact may have been fatal. The papers also say the caller saw the truck in the driveway, which matched the description of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run.
The tip led to Henley’s arrest.
Figueroa's family declined to speak after the bond hearing, but did ask the judge to raise the amount to help keep the community safe.
Henley's girlfriend, Heather Ruttle, did speak after the hearing. "He did not mean to do this, he's not a monster," she said. "He shouldn't have been driving and we all know that but you have to get places, and it was an accident. What happened was an accident."
A preliminary hearing was set for June 12. It will determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.
If Henley is convicted in Figueroa's death, he could serve up to 16 years behind bars--and maybe even more than that because of his past.
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