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Murder suspect out on bond

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Another man suspected of murder outside an east Albany business more than a year ago is out of jail. 14 people have been charged in the shooting of LaShelton Stanford at Brick House Productions. Shernard Smith is the latest to post it and go free. He posted a $37,000 bond Tuesday.

The District Attorney's office opposes bond for suspects facing violent felony charges, but in this case, the judge's only choice was how much the bond should be.

LaSheldon Stanford was gunned down during a brawl outside Brick House early on the morning of February 14th, 2010.

Prosecutors say it's a complicated case with at least 14 defendants. If a suspect is in jail for 90 days without being indicted or going to trial, a judge must grant bond. Because it's taken prosecutors so long to put a case together, those suspects qualify for bond.

District Attorney Greg Edwards says his office is still investigating and getting new information. He hopes to have the case ready for trial before June.

"We don't want to rush a case that has so many individuals that are described as being involved," said Edwards. "You don't want to leave out anybody who should be included. You don't want to include anybody who should not be included. Information has been steadily coming in regarding this case."

Right now, Smith is on house arrest and total lockdown. His GPS monitoring device makes sure he's either at home or at court. If he's not, he could go back to jail.

Another suspect who got out on bond, Antonio Seay, was re-arrested last month for violating his bond.

Part of the problem with this case is prosecutors still don't know who actually fired the fatal shots. They want to make sure they have their case together before they go to trial. 

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