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Bail set at $1 million each for murder suspects

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published January 21, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.

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Tracy Brown, left, and Tracy Bailey are pictured in these booking photographs from the Pulaski County jail.

Two teenagers charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a man during a purported robbery have been ordered held in lieu of $1 million bonds.

Tracy Brown, 17, and Tracy Bailey, 18, each made initial appearances by video before Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle, who also entered preliminary innocent pleas for both defendants.

Brown and Bailey, who each surrendered to police after being identified as suspects, are accused of robbing 32-year-old Terrence Brison at gunpoint before shooting him and 31-year-old Thomas Gilbert as they sat in a car in the 7400 block of Mabelvale Pike on Friday night.

Gilbert died at the scene. Brison suffered gunshot wounds in his back and bicep, though his injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

Police have said they are looking for one other suspect, though they have not released an identity.

Bailey and Brown spoke only briefly during the video arraignment from the Pulaski County jail, each telling Lightle they understood after she told them they would be barred from contacting Brison if they are released. She also ordered each be required to wear an ankle monitor if released on bond.

Willard Proctor, defense attorney for Brown, asked for a reasonable bail, noting that Brown is a new father, has family in the area and is set to graduate from Central High School in the spring.

"He's never been in any sort of trouble at all," Proctor said. "This is his first offense ever."

A public defender representing Bailey at the hearing, meanwhile, questioned what evidence tied either suspect to the crime, noting it seemed only to be based on a report from the victim that the assailants were "heavyset." She added Bailey has family in the area and attends Hall High School.

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JessePinkman says... January 21, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.

I guess if it is your first offense you get a pass based on the defense attorney's words. I am also not going to believe "he's never been in any trouble at all". All 17 year old boys have been in some sort of trouble; I know I was at some point

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RonalFos says... January 21, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.

If these boys have not had legal troubles before the bail is very excessive, particularly since they surrendered voluntarily. I suspect white boys would have seen bails set below $50,000.

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LAlaw says... January 21, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

In my opinion, any bond set in a Capital Murder case is pretty lenient! They shouldn't be allowed to set foot back in any school until the trial is over, ridiculous!

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Populist says... January 21, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.

I agree with LA law. Do not let these boys back on the street. Good kids don't rob and murder people. Social services and the Little Rock schools are just inept. Little Rock's robbery and murder rates are ridiculously high.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 21, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.

One even kind of looks like Jaba.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 21, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.

Brown, 17. A new father. Clip this kid.

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JessePinkman says... January 21, 2014 at 11:46 a.m.

Ronal, please give us an example of a white kid who got $50,000 bail when there was likely an eyewitness (Mr. Brison) to the murder and attempted murder. Also please let us know how Forrest Abrams was killed by an 8 time felonious black man out on parole if only white people get the breaks?

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NutButter says... January 21, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.

I cannot imagine this is the first crime for these young thugs. Initial bond was set high, but never fear, it will be lowered and these boys will be back out on the street, procreating and looking for some spending money without working for it. What a shame!
They have no pride in becoming anything other than a thug. Send em over the road.

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LR1955 says... January 21, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

You can't blame Social services and the Little Rock schools, blame the boys' mom & dad and lack of Sunday School, they were never taught right from wrong.

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LevyRat says... January 21, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

Knowing that both these young gentlemen are in high school makes me thankful that I am not a high school teacher.

Also, after reading this article, I am so thankful that the City of Little Rock is stepping up their efforts to build more bicycle lanes. We surely would not want them to spend that money on police protection.

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