Bama Lanes shoots suspicious links out of jail again

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The suspect in the shooting that left one dead and six others injured at Bama Lanes in Montgomery has been released on bail for a second time, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

Tory Johnson, 23, of Montgomery, was released from the Montgomery County Detention Center on Saturday morning.

Johnson was first released from jail on Sunday, Jan. 9, the same day as the shooting. At the time, his bail was set at $270,000.

On Thursday, Montgomery Circuit Judge Tiffany B. McCord increased Johnson’s bail to $860,000. McCord arrived at the figure based on these amounts for each of the seven charges Johnson faces:

  • 1 murder charge: $500,000
  • 2 counts of first degree assault: $120,000 each
  • 4 counts of second degree assault: $30,000 each

The bail increase came after Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey asked the court to increase Johnson’s bail and amid public outcry over Johnson’s release from jail.

The case also led the Alabama Supreme Court to issue an order on Friday raising the maximum bail for murder charges in the state to $1.5 million.

It’s unclear how Johnson was able to post the bail increase on Saturday.

Jeffery Reed, 21, of Montgomery, was killed in the bowling alley shooting. Court documents say the other six victims suffered a variety of injuries, including:

  • A man who was shot in both thighs
  • A man who was shot in the left leg
  • A man who was shot in the right arm and right abdomen
  • A man who was shot in the left shoulder and right thigh
  • Woman shot in the head
  • A man who was shot in the lower back

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