Oklahoma Judge Reduces Bond Of Accused Rioter

Wednesday, July 8th 2020, 9:50 pm
By: Sylvia Corkill

An Oklahoma County Judge drastically reduced the bond of an accused rioter.

Investigators said he tried to break the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's window.

According to James Holt's attorney his client's initial bond of $300,000 was over the top.

“Outrageous, unconstitutionally high,” said attorney Ali Khalili.

Investigators said video surveillance shows James Holt throwing a rock at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's window, several times on May 31.

“I know he supports the movement; I don't believe he's someone who’s, he doesn't agree with violence or these types of things,” said Khalili.

While in court Wednesday, Khalili argued Holt’s bond was too much.

“If these allegations are true, they are minimal in my opinion, no way as big as the state is trying to make it,” said Khalili.

He said his client did not pose a risk to the public saying he needed to get out of jail in hopes of taking care of his responsibilities.

“He has a seven-month-old baby at home. He was working prior to COVID-19, but when COVID-19 hit he did lose his job as many Americans did,” said Khalili.

The judge reduced Holt's bond from $300,000 to $50,000.

“He hasn’t been overly mad; he doesn’t like the situation of course. Sitting in Oklahoma County jail is probably one of the worse experiences he will face to be honest with you, but he has no ill will,” said Khalili.

Holt is required to wear an ankle monitor and adhere to a curfew.