LOGAN — A judge has reduced the bail for Jason Summers, the 30-year-old Smithfield man, accused of breaking into a LDS Church and shooting at a neighbor who confronted him.
During Monday’s bail hearing, 1st District Court Judge Thomas Willmore told Summers that the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to affordable bail. He expressed concerns though with allowing the defendant to return to his home, near where the alleged incident occurred.
Defense attorney Ryan Holdaway asked that bail be lowered from $150,000 because when it was originally set, prosecutors were considering charging Summers with attempted murder. That charge was never filed. He also told the court, the defendant has a family and would not be a flight risk.
State attorney Aaron Josie told the court, the charges are still considered to be egregious and probably led Judge Kevin Allen to set bail at the higher amount, when Summers was being arraigned. He said the public’s safety is at risk if the defendant is allowed to be released on bail.
Judge Willmore ordered bail to be reduced to $40,000 but said he would not put anybody in danger. He told Summers that he must have somewhere else to live and stay at least 660 ft. away from the alleged victim’s home. He also ordered him to wear an ankle monitor and remain sober.
Police arrested Summers July 7 after a man called 911, claiming he was shot at while confronting the defendant, attempting to break into a Smithfield LDS Church. He was taken into custody and arrested. Police later found a shotgun, believed to be the suspected firearm.
Summers has pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies and four misdemeanor drug charges.
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