The Williamson County District Attorney's office does not agree with Judge Ernest Williams' decision to lower the bond of a man accused in a violent home invasion, News 2 has learned.
Last week, Justin Howell was released after his bond was reduced from $500,000 to $50,000. Two other men, Brian Frelix, 20, and Dequan Bertrand, 19, are also charged in connection to the incident.
On Monday, News 2 spoke with Williamson County DA Kim Helper who said she recently filed a motion appealing Judge Williams' decision.
"I think in this case certainly the state has a respected disagreement with the general sessions judge," Helper said.
She continued, "There were allegations that Mr. Howell was involved in an especially aggravated kidnapping that involved young people and allegations of a weapon and based on those facts the state's position was the bond was appropriate."
Following news of Howell's release, the victim's of the home invasion said they were outraged.
"We got away with our lives, and that's the only thing that ultimately matters," the victim's previously told News 2.
News 2 has made several attempts to speak with Judge Williams regarding his decision to drastically reduce Howell's bond, but was told he was out of town last week. When contacted Monday, the judge's assistant said due to pending litigation he was unable to comment on the matter.
Frelix remains jailed on a $500,000, while Bertrand is scheduled to be in court Wednesday.