BREAKING: Justin Carter Makes Bail (UPDATED)
Jailed League of Legends player Justin Carter is now out on bail, Game Front has confirmed with the Comal County, Texas District Clerk.
The 19-year old New Braunfels, Texas man was arrested on March 20, after comments he posted to Facebook February 13, during an argument with other gamers, were reported to law enforcement authorities in Austin Texas. After being called “effing crazy” by another commenter, he said in response “I’m fucked in the head alright, I think I’ma SHOOT UP A KINDERGARTEN AND WATCH THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT RAIN DOWN AND EAT THE BEATING HEART OF ONE OF THEM.” His legal representation has characterized as this statement as “sarcastic”, and people previously speaking out on his behalf have repeatedly insisted he followed it up with “jk Lol”.
According to his attorney, a search of his residence by law enforcement turned up no weapons, or other evidence of any public threat. A review of the search warrants issued to law enforcement reveals they did not expect to find weapons at his house. However, after being questioned without an attorney present, he was charged with making a terroristic threat, and is currently awaiting trial.
Carter was held on a $500,000 bond, an amount his attorney Donald Flanary told Game Front is excessive. “The normal bail for someone facing murder charges, facing life in prison, it’s generally $100,000,” Flanary said. “This is a third degree felony… Most of the time those bonds are around $10,000.” Carter faces a possible prison term of two to ten years, and up to $100,000 in fines, if convicted. The case has galvanized free speech advocates, likely a contributing factor to his release.
The required 10 percent of his bond, $50,000, was covered today, according to MSNBC, by an anonymous donor.
UPDATE: We have confirmed that the full amount of the bond, all $500,000, was covered by the donor. That’s an amazing amount of money and suggests someone with plenty of expendable cash dedicated to this issue. You may begin speculating now.
For a longer look into this contentious situation, see our in-depth report.