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Accused cannabis trafficker denied bail reduction request in Jackson

Posted by on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 @ 6:08 pm.

Christian Reichert

JACKSON CO., Ill. - The ongoing battling in a 2016 case that the prosecutor says is associated with a cop shooting in Carbondale took up a good part of the court's time in Jackson County Wednesday, February 28.

Christian Reichert, 25, one of five men charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Deliver Cannabis over 5,000 grams and Cannabis Trafficking over 5,000 grams, appeared in Jackson County court yesterday morning with his attorney Aaron Hopkins to request his bail be reduced from one million dollars to $100,000.

The bail was originally set at $2.5 million, with ten percent representing a quarter of a million, the amount to be posted in cash if he wants to be released.

Reichert's attorney attempted to convince Judge Ralph R. Bloodworth that Reichert he was not a flight risk, having no previous criminal history other than minor traffic offenses and underage drinking. He has no passport and he would be residing with his mother and would agree to any stipulations of home monitoring.

Jackson County prosecutor Mike Carr, however, did not want Reichert's bail set at anything less than one million dollars due to his "conduct" in the case. Carr stated that Reichert made a trip to Oregon with Brandon Jones to purchase cannabis. Reichert purchased a car for Brandon Jones under a fake name and that car was used by the men from Kansas who "came here to commit capital murder." One of the men targeted, Darian Williams-Wright, had ripped off someone in Kansas and the three had came here to southern Illinois for revenge, Carr said. Something went wrong; an an officer in the vicinity heard shots fired; and he began chase. The men from Kansas opened fire and Carbondale police officer Trey Harris was injured. The getaway car was found burned the next day in in Carterville.

All of the charges in Illinois' cases against the Kansas men have been dropped. In the case of one of those men, Alex Bryan Karcher, charges were dropped with the possibility of being recharged after his trial in Jackson County in connection with the conspiracy charges here along with Reichert, Brandon Cedric Michael Jones, William Cummins, and Jared James Jones.

Reichert is the only one of the bunch who is to be tried separately.

Judge Bloodworth did reduce Reichert's bail from one million to $750,000...but not the low amount Reichert was seeking, so apparently that's still an unreachable amount for the young man.

More as we get it, and as the case moves closer to trial.

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