NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Judge David Perkins takes what he knows about a person when deciding a bond. In the case of Glenda and Marc Hanna, a full-time job and the woman's breast cancer influenced his decision to grant a low bond.
"These folks are not a flight risk," Perkins said. "They're not going anywhere. They're from here. They live here."
Perkins has granted other low bonds for people he trusted to follow up. That's the intent of a bond in his opinion.
"Bail is designed for an individual to appear in court at a future court date," Perkins said. "It's not considered as punishment, by no means. That's what the higher courts are for."
The Hannas were arrested in a drug-free zone on Cottonwood Drive, just down the street from Fredonia Elementary. Drug free was written on paperwork, but Perkins says he didn't realize it at the time. If he had, his decision may have been different.
"That might have been different," Perkins said.
Perkins respects the district judge's decision to raise Marc Hanna's bond to $100,000 and Glenda Hanna's bond to $200,000.
"I totally respect Judge Klein's decision and I concur with it," Perkins said.
Sheriff Thomas Kerss made the request for the higher bond. Perkins says the sheriff never mentioned disapproval over the bond amount when the two had breakfast on the day of the initial arrest.
"What's happened, happened," Perkins said. "And so there's no malicious intent on my part, whatsoever, to create or commit a crime. These people had the right to bail based on the conditions that were set forth."
The JP says every person has a right to bail, no matter the amount.
Authorities say the Hannas were found with 58 grams of meth.