Judge James Bowling, Jr., is standing by his decision to allow Wellie Paul Grant’s release from jail.
Grant, who was charged with murdering Rex Coffey in 2006, was released from jail on Jan. 11 on an unsecured bond when Judge Bowling filed an order declaring him competent.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Gail Williams filed a motion asking Bowling to amend his decision and have Grant admitted to an appropriate secured facility instead of having him released.
Judge Bowling met with Williams, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Harris and the defense attorneys Robert Bertram and Derrick Helm today. The judge told Williams and Harris and that he plans to stand by his decision. However, he asked them to submit court documents requesting another competency hearing for Grant and to establish a specific list as to whom is allowed to escort Grant to and from his home. While Grant is released he is not allowed to leave his home without an approved escort.
There was a lengthy discussion between Judge Bowling and the attorneys as to why he made his decision. A full report will be in next week’s print edition of the Community Voice.