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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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

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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...