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Jefferson man charged in fatal shooting released on reduced bond

From Staff Reports
June 9, 2011 at 7:16 a.m.


A Jefferson man indicted for the murder of his daughter's estraged boyfriend was released this week from Marion County Jail after a judge reduced his bail at the request of the district attorney.

According to Marion County authorities, 49-year-old Troy Long's bond was reduced from $275,000 to $10,000 because of his medical condition.

According to Marion County District Attorney Bill Gleason, he requested that Long's bail be set high because there was talk about threats on the defendant's life after the shooting death of 24-year-old Donte Mitchell.

Long originally wasn't arrested because investigators thought the incident happened in self-defense, however more recent evidence in the case led to Long's murder charge.

Mitchell was found dead May 15 with a gunshot wound to the neck following a domestic dispute on CR 3222 in Marion County.

Gleason said he asked the judge to lower the bail to allow Long, who has a heart condition, to make bail and be able to take care of his medical needs at his own expense -- not the county's.

"The average heart attack is $95,000," said Gleason of how much it would cost to treat a heart attack. "That would put us in a bankruptcy position. This county just can't afford that."

Gleason said prior to the shooting, Long had heart surgery, bypass surgery and stents inserted.

Jury selection is scheduled for Aug. 23.

Reporter Robin Richardson contributed to this story.

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