New bond for Haveard

Published 11:41 am Monday, April 7, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Mike Haveard remained in custody at the Escambia County Detention Center Friday after failing to make bond on two charges filed against him Tuesday by members of the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force.
Haveard was charged with possession of a controlled substance and bringing stolen property across state lines Tuesday before he could make bond on similar charges brought against him March 3 by a special grand jury.
District Judge David Jordan heard from Haveard's attorney, Daniel White, and Assistant District Attorney Todd Sterns during a bond setting hearing Wednesday.
White asked Jordan to consider consolidating the bonds with a previous bond reduced by Circuit Judge Bert Rice.
Jordan reached a decision on Thursday and set a bond of $100,000 on the new possession charge and $75,000 on the charge of bringing stolen property across state lines. The new bond also held conditions set forth by Rice in the bond reduction.
Rice recently reduced an $8 million bond set on charges Haveard faced from indictments handed down by the grand jury last month. Haveard was indicted on four counts of possession of a controlled substance, four counts of distribution of a controlled substance and four counts of solicitation to commit theft.
The bond reduction came after Rice heard arguments from White and District Attorney Steve Billy and Sterns. The bond was reduced to a combined total of $700,000 and was converted from a cash bond to a property bond.
Conditions of Haveard's bond include his being required to wear a GPS monitoring system through Community Corrections at his own expense. He is prohibited from having any contact with any of the witnesses for the state, Rice's order said. The order also states that any failure to make timely payments of monitoring system fees or normal supervision fees will be sufficient grounds to revoke the bond.
Full compliance with all requirements of the new bond will have to be met by Haveard before he can be released from the Escambia County Detention Center.
That release could come as early as Monday, according to county officials.