Foley manslaughter suspect gets $500,000 bond

Foley manslaughter suspect, Steven Little had his first appearance in front of a judge Friday, April 18, 2014 for his bond hearing.  Little is accused of leading deputies on a high speed chase Wednesday, April 16 in Foley which resulted in a crash that killed an innocent motorist.

Thirty year old Steven Little stayed in the Baldwin County Jail for today’s hearing.  Via closed circuit television, District Judge Scott Taylor set bond at $500,000 on the most serious charge of manslaughter. Little also faces charges of attempting to elude, driving with a suspended license and reckless endangerment.  Total bond for those charges was set at $32,500.  The charges stem from Wednesday’s high speed chase and crash in Foley.

“He was going through shopping center parking lots and parking lots at apartment complexes at 50 and 60 miles an hour, jumping curbs,” Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, Capt. Steve Arthur told Fox 10 News after the accident.

The chase ended when deputies said Little ran a red light at a high rate of speed on Highway 59 and Azalea Avenue striking a car driven by Ronald Ealey of Foley, killing him.  In surveillance video obtained by Fox 10 News, you can see Little’s black dodge truck pass in front of the Cars for You store on Highway 59 just before the crash with deputies right on his tail.

At the bond hearing, prosecutors asked the judge for a million dollars bond, citing the violent nature of the chase, but Judge Taylor opted for half that amount saying that a million dollars was too high a bond for a manslaughter charge. Investigators said Thursday they believed Little was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and if toxicology tests confirm that, his charges could be upgraded.

If Little does make bond, Judge Taylor ordered several other conditions.  He’ll remain on house arrest with a GPS monitor, he’ll have to wear an alcohol ankle sensor, he’ll be placed on a color code system with a court referral officer and he can have no contact with Ealey’s family.

Steven Little has until May 16, 2014 to request a preliminary hearing.  His next court appearance is set for June 6, 2014 at the Baldwin County Courthouse.

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