Ketchikan: Bail reduced for man accused of murder

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2002

A 38-year-old man accused of killing another man on Christmas Eve likely will be out on bail soon.

During a hearing on Monday, June 16, Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens approved a third-party custodian for Brock Charles, and lowered the bail posting from $250,000 cash to $25,000.

Charles is charged with second-degree murder for the Dec. 24 beating death of Gordon Rasnick, 50.

Charles' attorney, Darrel Gardner of the Office of Public Advocacy, said Charles' mother, Louise Charles, expects to post bail.

Louise Charles will have to supervise her son 24 hours a day, and make sure he abides by a list of rules, including that he obey all laws, stay in Ketchikan, not drink alcohol, have no contact with witnesses and maintain an 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. District Attorney Steve West objected Monday to Louise Charles as a custodian.

Also Monday, Stephens set a Nov. 12 trial date in Ketchikan Superior Court.

As of Friday bail had not been posted.



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