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Cleveland County Man Accused Of Crime Spree Goes Free On Bond

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Duncan is accused of shooting 27-year-old Randy Hayes in September. Duncan is accused of shooting 27-year-old Randy Hayes in September.
Duncan has bonded out of eight alleged crimes this year. Duncan has bonded out of eight alleged crimes this year.

Jennifer Pierce, News 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- A 20-year-old Cleveland County man accused of committing not one, not two, but eight alleged crimes this year, including a shooting, keeps bonding out of jail.

David Duncan is accused of shooting a man in September. The mother of the shooting victim is outraged Duncan was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and not attempted murder. LaRita Hill is also frustrated with the Cleveland County court system for allowing Duncan to bond out and walk the streets of Norman after allegedly committing numerous crimes.

On September 1 Hill's son, 27-year-old Randy Hayes, was shot and left on the side of a Norman road. A nearby school was put on lockdown while police searched for Duncan.

This was just one of a string of alleged crimes dating back to November 2009.

Since the shooting, Duncan has been charged four more times. His most recent arrest was just last week. Each time he's been released on bond.

"This kid keeps getting out, getting out, getting out, getting out, getting out," said Hill. "He's making a complete, total mockery of the judicial system in Cleveland County."

The Cleveland County judge assigned to several of Duncan's cases doesn't agree.

"Just because a person gets arrested and charged with a crime and appears in court and bond is set and posted and they get out of jail doesn't mean they've beat the system," Judge Tom Lucas said.

Judge Lucas said everyone charged with a crime is given the right to post bond, unless they face charges of first-degree murder and in some domestic and child abuse cases.

"The purpose of the bond is two-fold," said Judge Lucas. "One is to be sure they come back when they are supposed to."

But while Duncan makes it through the Cleveland County court system, Hill worries about the people who could be put in harms way.

"I honestly feel this particular individual is a threat to society," said Hill. "If you keep putting him back out, he's going to keep doing the same crime or worse."

Judge Lucas could not talk about details specific to Duncan's cases, but said it appears all of Duncan's charges are being lumped together and his attorney and the Cleveland County District Attorney are in plea agreement negotiations. 

Duncan's attorney and the D.A. had a preliminary hearing conference Tuesday to discuss that plea agreement.

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