Thank You, Lee Merrit of WVLT Volunteer TV Channel 8 for the exclusive coverage of this story. The public safety requires it.
Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner (Democrat) has freed an individual that was jailed on 1st Degree attempted murder, sort of. Was the person that he is accused of trying to kill, someone that was a threat? Only if his own two-year old son is a threat. It is reported that he was attempting to kill this two-year old as a religious sacrifice.
This judge is so confident of his decision, he lacks the intestinal fortitude to explain his reason. He not only put an ankle bracelet on him. The Democrat Judge reduced his bond from $250,000.00 to $25,000.00
The accused must wear an ankle bracelet that alerts the police where the accused is 24/7. Does that leave the public safe? No, because if his religious conviction strikes again, how long will it take for the police to track him down, if he does something and runs?
What could this judges motive be? Does he want County Commission to pull the funds for the anklet program so that the jail is overcrowded and the county is found in contempt of court? Only Democrat Judge Baumgartner can know what he was thinking. Judge, come forward and tell the rest of us what you were thinking.
Don’t sleep easy tonight, Knox County . Regardless, of what a great job our Sheriffs Department does. Thanks to Judge Baumgartner, our community is not safe.