Basil Eleby and I-85 bridge (Photo Source: Fulton County Jail and GDOT)

Basil Eleby and I-85 bridge (Photo Source: Fulton County Jail and GDOT)

Basil Eleby, the man accused of starting the Atlanta I-85 fire that collapsed a portion of the freeway, appeared in court this morning. Eleby is being represented by a team of Atlanta’s top criminal defense lawyers that include the Davis-Bozeman law firm.

Eleby appeared in court with a fresh haircut and casual clothes as lawyers pressed for a reasonable bond that was granted by the judge. The judge granted Eleby a $10K signature bond as opposed to the $200K original bond a judge earlier levied against the mentally ill and homeless man. But the bond came with specific conditions. Among these conditions are:

  • Eleby shall have no communication with witnesses in the case. Any communications must be made by his lawyers in preparing a defense in his case
  • Eleby must remain at least 200 yards away from any witnesses.
  • Eleby must not violate any laws while on bond.
  • Eleby will be drug tested twice a week and once a month. Any positive tests will be reported to the court and district attorney’s office.
  • Eleby must remain 1,000 yards away from the scene of the I-85 fire unless accompanied by his lawyers in preparation for his defense.
  • Eleby must remain under the care of Michael and Michael LLC. This organization headed by a man named Original Michael is providing housing as well as drug and mental health counseling to Eleby. The address where Eleby I staying will remain confidential as agreed to by the court.
  • Eleby must return to court on June 16, 2017 or a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
  • Eleby must have gainful employment within 60 days of being released from custody. An exception will be made if employment will interfere with his drug rehab and counseling treatment.
  •  If Eleby leaves his housing without permission he will be reported to the courts and law enforcement.
  •  If Eleby tests positive for drug use he is subject to immediate arrest.
Mo Barnes

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Maurice “Mo” Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.