$1 million bail set in child's murder

August 6, 2008 4:10:29 PM PDT
High bail was set this afternoon for the man charged with murdering 4-year old Brandon Thompson during Monday afternoon's gun battle in Camden. 20-year old Donald Lindsey appeared in Camden County Superior Court before Judge Thomas Brown. Assistant prosecutor Mary Alison Albright told the court that Lindsey confessed to firing shots and disposing of the weapon.

"He admitted firing numerous shots from a Tec-9 semi-automatic weapon in the 1600 block of Norris Street at the time that Brandon was killed. The shots were fired in the direction that Brandon was running to his mother," Albright said.

Brandon Thompson died in his mother's arms. Today his parents were in court surrounded by relatives.

Albright said 29 shell casings were found on Norris Street after the shooting, the result of a dispute between Lindsey and at least one other person still not named.

Albright asked for $1 million bail and the judge agreed.

"He's a danger to the community, your honor. He opened fire on a beautiful summer evening on a street where children were out playing and adults were socializing. And these are activities that should not cost someone their life," Albright said.

Little Brandon's mother and father left the courthouse without comment. The child's grandfather Garry Saunders spoke for the group and was pleased that bail was set high.

"No one could be that stupid. This is irresponsible, this is inhumane. That type of person doesn't deserve to be on the street."

Saunders asked that whoever else was involved in the shootout turn themselves in.

Donald Lindsey had one juvenile drug arrest and one as an adult. However there were three bench warrants out for his arrest for failing to appear in court. In setting the high bail, the judge called him a proven flight risk.

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