Attorney Pritchard is representing Ronal Norwood who has been charged with an accident involving death, a second-degree felony in Texas. Norwood was driving at night when he hit something in the dark and drove off. It was later discovered to be a 13 year-old boy that he had hit. According to Norwood, he thought he had just had a tire blowout.
Norwood’s bail was set at $500,000 by Bell County Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield; however, there was a bail reduction hearing last Friday by Bell County 426th Judicial Court with Judge Fancy Jezek. At the hearing, the bail was reduced from $500,000 to $300,000 with strict bond conditions if Norwood made bail, according to Attorney Pritchard.
In the article from the Temple Daily Telegram, Attorney Pritchard was quoted regarding the high bail amount:
“We were requesting bond at a reasonable amount that would ensure justice but would allow him the opportunity to work and earn the money needed to secure legal help. We think the bond amount is excessive because of the facts in the case as we know them. Before I took the case, I did an extensive investigation, and I don’t believe the facts as they’ve been portrayed in some of the media.”
The accused is still in custody at the Bell County Jail and has not made bail.