Texas Judge Slaps $4 Billion Bail On Murderer

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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A murderer in Bell County, Texas, is being held in jail on a $4 billion bail.

Texas Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown set 25-year-old Antonio Marquis Willis’s bail at $4 billion for a first-degree murder charge, DallasNews reports. Willis turned himself in last week for the murder of Donte Samuels on Dec. 22, The Temple Daily Telegram reported.

The bail is so high that the Bell County jail’s booking system cannot account for such an exorbitant figure. When looked up in the system’s database, it shows Willis’ bond as $1,000,000,999.00. Willis’s attorney says the $4 billion dollar sum is the highest bond he has ever seen, and is reportedly confident he can secure a reduction.

His bail may actually be the highest ever set in the U.S.

For instance, Michael Milken, former executive of Drexel, was charged with a $250 million bail for 98 counts of insider trading that yielded some $1.8 billion in profits. Raj Rajaratnam, founder of Galleon Group, posted a $100 million bail for a massive insider trading scheme. Bernie Madoff, arguably the most infamous leader of a ponzi scheme of all time, was only ordered to pay a $10 million bail for scheme that embezzled some $20 billion over its lifetime.

Judge Brown is a Democrat and previously served as a local city council member. She was only elected as a justice of the peace just this past November.

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