Nonprofit Pays Bail For Man Who Attacked His Wife, Hours Later He Murders Her

Samuel Lee Scott has been charged with murder in the horrific death of his wife, Marcia Johnson.

St. Louis, MO – Just hours after a nonprofit group posted bail for a man accused of assaulting his wife, the suspect went to the woman’s home and brutally murdered her, according to prosecutors.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was arrested for domestic abuse on April 5, after he allegedly beat 54-year-old Marcia Johnson, injuring her cheekbone and ear, the Associated Press reported.

Scott also allegedly told Johnson that the “might as well finished what [he] started since [she] was going to contact the police,” the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office wrote in a probable cause statement.

On April 9, the court granted Johnson’s request for an order of protection, and he was notified that he was prohibited from going to her residence or within 300 feet of her, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Later the same day, the St. Louis Bail Project posted Scott’s $5,000 bail.

“The Bail Project is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system,” according to the group’s website. “We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.”

The Bail Project is comprised of “passionate advocates” known as “Bail Disruptors and Client Advocates…many of whom have experienced the bail system firsthand,” according to the website.

“We believe that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty and an act of solidarity with local communities and movements for decarceration,” the page read. “Bail is not necessary to ensure people return to court. We won’t stop until meaningful change is achieved and the presumption of innocence is no longer for sale.”

Within hours after The Bail Project enabled Scott’s release, he made his way over to Johnson’s home, arriving there at approximately 7:45 p.m., the Associated Press reported.

He proceeded to violently assault her, then left her bloodied body lying inside her home, prosecutors said.

A friend found Johnson at approximately 11 p.m., and rushed her to a hospital.

“[She] was unconscious, had a broken eye socket, several broken ribs, and was bruised from head to toe,” according to court documents.

A family member said that the attack also left Johnson with “brain damage,” KTVI reported.

The battered woman died of the blunt force trauma injuries five days later.

Police said that Scott later confessed that he had struck her, according to the Associated Press.

The Bail Project Executive Director Robin Steinberg said the group was “deeply saddened” by Johnson’s murder, but said that they were in no way responsible for what had occurred.

"No one could have predicted this tragedy," Steinberg claimed, according to the Associated Press.

"It's important to remember that had he been wealthy enough to afford his bail, or bonded out by a commercial bail bond agency, he would have been free pretrial as well,” Steinberg’s statement continued. “In times like this, we must come together for this family and keep sight of the need to transform the larger systems that create poverty, racism and violence, including the pretrial bail system."

St. Louis Bail Project site manager Mike Milton also released a statement in the wake of the brutal murder, and argued that the group's cause was more important than Johnson's murder, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“Nobody wants to see something like this happen, but it is crucial to remember that bail didn’t cause this tragedy,” Milton argued. “Moments like this are devastating, but it’s important not to lose sight of the larger injustices of cash bail and the need for reform.”

Scott has been charged with first-degree murder, and is being held on $1 million bond, the Toronto Sun reported.

St. Louis Attorney General Kim Gardner said she plans to meet with The Bail Project leaders in order “to review their policies and practices to help them better understand the risks to victims and witnesses when posting bail for any type of domestic violence cases or for any defendant who is a potential safety risk to an individual or to the community,” according to The Daily Caller.

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RealSilentNinja
RealSilentNinja

charge every person of that nonprofit org as well

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I mean really, they truly are fucking retards!!

JBo
JBo

"...saddened” by Johnson’s murder, but said that they were in no way responsible for what had occurred."

 It would have been more merciful if the Bail Project went over to her house and shot her in the head.  You ARE responsible.

"...group's cause was more important than Johnson's murder."

 I'm sure that's a big comfort to Johnson.  Oh...wait.  She's dead.
J_Logi83
J_Logi83

Why the F wouldn’t these people at least look at the crime committed before blindly posting bail?!? Do you have any god damn sense at all? This guy wasn’t shoplifting food for his family, or smoking weed, it’s a violent crime. That non-profit is on the hook for this one, what a bunch of clowns.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

“We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence."...presumption of innocence. He beat his wife. The police had probable cause (her injuries) to arrest him.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

And maybe the AG needed to set that initial bail just a wee bit higher than $5,000?

Not withstanding that, these people are idiots.

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

Her family ought to sue the hell out of this organization, part of that suit should require every member of "The Bail Project" to take a long look at the photos of the murder scene and then explain why they bailed this monster out of jail to the victims friends and family members.

Bail Master
Bail Master

Maybe he wouldn't have been able to get out if he had to go thru a commercial bail agent. Maybe no one would have cosigned for him. People who don't know the system have no business PLAYING bailbondsman and are responsible for the results of the actions of those they bail out. That's why the state licenses bail agents.

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

Liberals, progressives, socialists are the grease for the downward spiral of civilized societies. The same kind of organization that helped this domestic terrorist murder the woman is the same kind of organizations that fund bonds for illegals, fund and support other anti-America organizations like the SPLC and ACLU.

Logofan
Logofan

So, violence against women (up to and including murder) is an acceptable cost to The Bail Project, as long as sight is not lost on the larger issue of social justice? Are you sh**ing me??? That he might have gotten out on his own is a hypothetical. You people enabled it and no excuse or spin takes the blood of your hands.

Adam K
Adam K

Please everyone that reads this, send this organization a message, flood these low life lib lovers mail, it takes 2 seconds. tell these idiots, we the American people , are fed up with this shit.

Gotfrid
Gotfrid

ARE YOU KIDDING ME, ROBIN STEINBERG???? Just about ANYBODY with half a brain cell and any kind of experience with the Criminal Justice system (especially any LEO's and PO's) could have predicted this outcome! Get serious! I can fully understand wanting to think the best of every one, and that is not a horrible thing, but YOU are wearing some serious rose-colored glasses!

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

So, are they going to bail his ass out, again?

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Yay!! Just another example of idiots not connected to reality. “Let’s bail out these people who have committed crimes”. Domestic violence ain’t no joke, but apparently they don’t know shit about real life. And the statement of “bail did not cause this tragedy” is so fucking ignorant. Idiots, all total idiots. People who have so much time on their hands to make such a stupid fucking “cause”

trainbuff
trainbuff

"No one could have predicted this tragedy," Steinberg claimed, according to the Associated Press.

I hate to disagree with this liberal but yes, you can! Every one of these bleeding heart liberals in that organization should be tried as an accomplice to that womans murder.

For them to think this wasn't going to happen was foolish and naive and will only get worse over time as this wave continues to allow these criminals a free pass based on color.

stooge819
stooge819

Welfare, food stamps, medical care, phones, midnight basketball, bus passes, bail money. Sounds about right.

RB2207
RB2207

I understand their premise behind the non-profit and think it's needed in many communities. However, it should never be used for an violent crime. The Non-profit is correct in that if the person had the money to bail himself out he still would have gone to her house and she would still be dead. They just need to rethink what crimes get their assistance.

dh41144
dh41144

If Domestic violence is involved in the arrest, the bond needs to be much higher. If this perpetrator's bond had been at least $50,000.00, I doubt the non-profit would have put the required 10% up. The state law governing bail for this type of crime needs to be changed.

Namgip
Namgip

Couldnt have ptedicted? They people bailed an ANIMAL out of jail hours after he beat his wife. He gets out breaks the law by going to her house after a restraining order eas issued and because of they helped this animal out of jail she is dead. This group didnt do anything criminal but they should be held liable in a civil proceeding. This group is disgraceful

djb032
djb032

Once again, we see clueless, ignorant people in an organization caring about the wrong people

186
186

I disagree with this derailed logic. If he didn't have the means to bail himself out, then his wife would still be alive, at best it would have taken time for him to raise the bail, he may have cooled off,unable to raise the bail he would still be in jail., again his wife would still be alive.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

These are the same people who demand ever more "gun control" laws because "as long as they save ONE life ........"

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Blood is dripping off the finger tips of everyone involved in posting his bail. Furthermore the family needs to go after each one of the people involved. A lawsuit will be coming down the pike and rightly so. Individual lawsuits needs to be filed.

gfc1963
gfc1963

All you hand wringing apologist Liberals - this is on you! Feeling sorry for the WRONG person again.

DSmith2018
DSmith2018

Family of the beaten and murdered woman SUE SUE SUE. The project says they are not at fault!! Let the jury decide!! Please SUE

JLo1
JLo1

""No one could have predicted this tragedy," Steinberg claimed, according to the Associated Press." I cou;ld have!

DC-TX
DC-TX

I can see helping someone out who maybe shoplifted food to feed their family, or something like that. But why the hell would you want to bail out a guy who beat his wife? That makes no sense. Or maybe the truth is they are bailing out black people, no questions asked.

walkintall
walkintall

Simple--Just answer this one question: "How could this terrible tragedy possibly have been prevented?"

shayrae
shayrae

Bail Project now needs to step up and pay funeral expenses and care of family members left behind. Why, why, why would they bail someone out who is accused of a violent crime? Ignorance in action!

Rayb
Rayb

This was predictable...

Danimyl
Danimyl

The Bail Project Executive Director Robin Steinberg said the group was “deeply saddened” by Johnson’s murder, but said that they were in no way responsible for what had occurred. Bull Sh!t

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

"The Bail Project Executive Director Robin Steinberg said the group was “deeply saddened” by Johnson’s murder, but said that they were in no way responsible for what had occurred." Isn't that special. They know that people are responsible and that people deserve a second chance / are not always guilty. Assuring that families have a chance to 'get back together', they know they can help. How well did that go? Like this is the only example we should expect? Just another great Program, most likely funded by Taxpayers and sponsored by Progressive do-gooders (as long as Taxpayers pay for it).

jmtsnprn
jmtsnprn

Reuniting families ... who the hell thought this was a family that needed to be reunited?! RIP.

Toaster_Man
Toaster_Man

Better to get the dindus from duing crimes

soscares
soscares

Yeah, I guess she's just collateral damage.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"The Bail Project Executive Director Robin Steinberg said the group was “deeply saddened” by Johnson’s murder, but said that they were in no way responsible for what had occurred.

Yes, there is no way that the organization that bailed out the murderer after his initial arrest is at all responsible for his actions after he was arrested.

"No one could have predicted this tragedy," Steinberg claimed, according to the Associated Press."

You mean a domestic abuser gets arrested, and once he is let out of jail, his first action is to continue abusing his domestic partner? Even escalating to a more serious attack? yeah, no one could have predicted that at all.....

Buttermilk
Buttermilk

I suggest that in the future and if they continue with program they should keep it to misdemeanors or non-violent felonies...I'm sure they had good intentions but there are also serious liabilities which I'm sure weren't considered otherwise this woman would still be alive. Of course they are letting Felons out of prison early by the thousands in California to prey on people and at the same time attacking the gun rights of law abiding citizens. They have also reduced many felonies to misdemeanors in the interest of getting knuckleheads out of jail that should be locked up! Some will say "but that's California" but keep in mind California is the Liberal model for the rest of the country. If you want to change criminal behavior then let them do their time and help them when they get out if it makes you feel good. Me, not so much!

Btrayd1
Btrayd1

No ideas on cause and effect nor the consequences on victims of criminals..nope they just see "black man in jail" "black man victim". And that is why victim and witness intimidation is sky rocketing

Branoli
Branoli

The " group's cause was more important than Johnson's murder", what the hell, so a woman lost her life and that isn't important to these idiots? And " it is crucial to remember that bail didn’t cause this tragedy". I call bullshit on what this group represents. If he had remained in custody that poor woman would probably still be alive, especially if he was kept in custody until he was sentenced to some jail time. So now he is being held on $1 million bond. Are they going to post that for him too?

marahnatha
marahnatha

How can you let somebody out you know nothing about? Was this woman even warned that he was coming back to her house? All thee people should be fined and they all look like they think they've done some great thing. #metoo should have all these people in their cases.

investigator
investigator

This Infuriates me so much, I can't even begin to tell you what I would like to do!!!! Allowing these fools to post bond.......KNOWING the physical violence already done to this woman????? WTH is going on in this effing world. I just don't get it anymore!!

InService
InService

Wrongful death lawsuit had better be in the works.

ledoum
ledoum

Are they going to post his $1 Million dollar bond as well?

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

died a death of terror.

CreoleConservative
CreoleConservative

Here is their website: https://bailproject.org/ Access the 'contact' option and leave a message. Charge them to, FROM NOW ON, do their Righteous Due Diligence in COOPERATION WITH and not COUNTER TO Police Investigators!!!!!

They were negligent in the least, complicit at the worst.

CreoleConservative
CreoleConservative

I just posted my response to this tragedy on their contact form ... this angers me so

JamesHill
JamesHill

Are they gonna pay the 1 million too? Just to be consistent???

Justice4us
Justice4us

If you murdered someone, you should get the death penalty. If not, then vigilante justice will once again start happening. And releasing them on parole is just plain stupid.

Darkwing219
Darkwing219

Family of the wife needs to file wrongful death suit against the bail project, this is a travesty if judge releases someone and they commit a violent crime right after release there is an outcry for justice this liberal BS group gets em out and he kills his wife and they are like oh our bad we will work on it for next time. then says this “Nobody wants to see something like this happen, but it is crucial to remember that bail didn’t cause this tragedy,” Milton argued... maybe not but it enabled him to do it. if anyone else had bonded this POS out the same group would be screaming from the roof tops for justice fire the judge that released him hang the bail company that paid his bond... these people kill me.

us3south
us3south

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