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Man accused of Atlanta I-85 fire gets bond and housing

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.


  1. Had Enough on April 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Christ, this crack monkey’s getting handed all sorts of choice Gibs Me Dat from the White man. I suppose next he’ll get an unconditional drivers license and a new Escalade.

    • Mason Youngblood on April 18, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      You don’t know what tf you talking about. You are too drunk off bigotry to know that the guy named ‘Original Michael’ who paid his bond and gave Eleby housing is BLACK..if you had any sense you should have researched by going to Linkedin and checking out his aren’t you shame? …proof that your bigoted-honkyass don’t even belong don’t even know what tf you talking about. Lol.

  2. reuben sandwiches on April 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I understand that someone has to be blamed for this colossal disaster but the blame is being placed on the wrong person.

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    • SrAgri on April 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      That blog is rubbish. To compare a crack-addicted probable arsonist to Emmit Till or Marvin Anderson is despicable.

      Even if Eleby did not light the fire, he is being charged on reasonable evidence and given due process. In fact, the publicity of his case is getting him much more due process than most people get for far more serious charges.

  3. SrAgri on April 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Original Michael is braver than I am. I would not want to accept custody of an adult crack addict who is accustomed to living on the streets. I would not be surprised if Eleby “escapes”.