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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nelliefrasier
nelliefrasier

someone needs to sit this organization down and make them watch all 19 seasons of Law and Order SVU

Bstn
Bstn

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! Wow this statement from their manager tells me a lot about them & their true values! Absolutly a shameful statement!! If they want to continue assisting poor people with bail they should omit bailing out those who were jailed for a violent offense and strictly help those who are poor and in for any crome where no victim was injured, they can still make their statement & point but still help protect a victim!

MadAsHell2
MadAsHell2

Johnson's family should sue The Bail Project for every dime they will every have. They are directly responsible for her death!

Scott should sue them as well because had they left his deadbeat ass in jail he might have cooled off and not gone back to kill her!

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

They should pay her family's funeral bills!!! Frickin asshats!

Janken
Janken

Wow those people are proud of what they have done. They literally got him out of jail to kill this lady. How she must have been so scared and suffered. If this is what they are going to do then a law should be made that they will be held accountable

Wish505
Wish505

This organization is just as responsible for her death as the system is that set up the opportunity for this to happen.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

A bunch of "do gooders" who obviously had no experience in the depths of why /why not to provide freedom for dangerous scum. Yet they will be all "high 5' ing each other up until they received the news that he murdered his wife. Just "well intentioned" idiots who cause more problems than they solve and this situation should be a lesson that maybe....just maybe they need to be rethinking their decisions. Their pompous bravado reaction shows they learned nothing.

ghar
ghar

I would sue every one of them for everything they even think they will ever have.....typical liberal dogooders sticking their nose where it should not be.

Mike bass
Mike bass

Sue them in to NON-EXISTENCE

Maddman1
Maddman1

Charge them with accessory

Baxter12
Baxter12

This guy had just beat her, the judge just awarded her a protection order AGAINST him!!!! I pray for her family! I hope that a lawyer reading this assist her family goes after this group for monetary damages especially if they had a child, I was so heartbroken I couldn’t finish reading the story! Please Lord let there be no children involved in this!

alicefae
alicefae

Horrible! Liberal idiots

CinGuz
CinGuz

They are responsible for this woman's death, they are the ones who let this animal out.

MBFlyerfan
MBFlyerfan

No one could have predicted.........blah blah blah

Leftism is mental illness.

RampageFinal6
RampageFinal6

Every one of them will have to live with this, and as Social Justice warriors they are abject failures. you might want to find out what the accused is accused OF, before you start patting each other on the back, about how helpful you were. You turds enabled this Piece of Shit, to finish what he started, and I hope you're proud of yourselves. The one who said the "Group's cause is more important than Johnson's murder" is a Soulless Bastard, who I hope has a visit from Karma. What a needless tragedy, caused by uninformed stupidity! Such a shame!

CreoleConservative
CreoleConservative

Has there been an update to this tragic saga? Any, at all?

LynnSB
LynnSB

What Absolute F*cking MORONS !! They should ALL be Charged in the Horrific Death of this Woman

my major was an ass
my major was an ass

Now they have to do it all over again.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Good call letting this fool out on bail. They should be ashamed. But their not

Candyland13
Candyland13

Why are these morons bailing out people that are being accused of and/or charged with violent crimes, or crimes against persons? This non-profit needs to reevaluate what it is they stand for and set a lot of policy changes going forward that hopefully align with some core values that include not getting involved with these types of cases. And, to not even take responsibility for their actions, claiming they share no blame in this attack? Sure, they didn't force him to attack her, but they did provide him the means and/or opening up opportunity to do so. In no way should they be supportive of assisting those suspected of crimes against persons or anything similar, including violent crimes!

flagwaver
flagwaver

Everyone of those ignorant bleeding heart bail project members are in my opinion complicit in her murder. They gave that monster the ok to murder her. Their "statement " makes me want to vomit. God bless Blue Lives Matter

TheGiantsPrincess
TheGiantsPrincess

Went to their webpage and pulled up their "In The News" page. Not surprisingly, this story is absent. Disgusting!

TheGiantsPrincess
TheGiantsPrincess

This is what I posted on their "Contact" page:

So, how's that "reuniting families" thing working for you?

Your Executive Director claims "they were in no way responsible for what had occurred and 'No one could have predicted...." How do you figure? If Scott had remained in jail - Marcia would likely be alive today. Anyone with half a brain could figure that out. As a domestic violence survivor I am horrified that your group put this monster back on the streets to finish what he started. Your group is 100% responsible for her murder.

Then this idiot gives a quote: 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. Seriously? Your "cause" is more important than the life of a woman who was murdered by a man YOU GOT RELEASED? You people are SICK!!!!

Your freedom for all attitude is complete BS. I hope that Marcia Johnson's family sues your group and each and every one of those who took part in the decision to pay Scott's bail.

BGenie
BGenie

He was obviously a DANGER to his family! It's WHY he was in JAIL in the first place ...so these morons let him out to 'be with his family'? They are 100% responsible for Marcia's murder. I hope her family sues these imbeciles into oblivion.

JMDAssociates
JMDAssociates

That was truly the worst investment of bail money that could ever be imagined! The system failed her because the original bail should have been much higher to compensate for the bail group who has access to easy cash!

nellietj
nellietj

"No one could have predicted this tragedy," Steinberg claimed, according to the Associated Press..... My guess is that the wife could have.

Warwolf
Warwolf

There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a bunch of virtue-signaling do-gooders who are going to cure all the world's inequalities, have their act of "social justice" come back to bite them in the ass. I hope they've learned a lesson, but somehow I doubt it.

Suenue
Suenue

First off, look at that picture of that man, he looks like a monster with one eye open and one eye closed. The bail project is 100% responsible and should be ashamed of themselves. He shouldn't even have been able to post bail. $5000 is nothing for beating up someone else. How does the bail project decide on who to help out? This man BEAT UP his wife. He should not have been let out. It wasn't some minor charge, and he sure as heck was not innocent. This makes me so mad!

Faith038
Faith038

Poverty does not create violence!!! A wealthy person can be violent as well. It's the person, not the life. Get that straight!! It's ridiculous to think that because someone lives in poverty, they become violent! How many more excuses can they come up with??!!! Color, poverty or wealth, religion, nor family status makes anyone violent!! When a violent crime is committed, YOU DON'T BAIL THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Survived
Survived

My ex-husband who bruised my body and held me hostage in our home was immediately bailed out of jail by a male church member with no 4-hour window warning for me leaving me barely enough time to get my things out of the house and get away. Wrong!

Bail Master
Bail Master

In their own words "re-uniting" families.... he had a restraining order to NOT HAVE CONTACT & TO NOT BE WITHIN 300 ft. Their action allowed him to violate the protection order. Maybe no one would have helped him get out if they had not posted his bail & his wife would still be alive. This organization is culpable and complicit in her death. They facilitated it!