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'My Lord, My God!' Monument destruction suspect yells during court

The court has set a $100,000 bond for Michael Tate Reed after police believe he used his vehicle to destroy the Ten Commandments monument on state grounds. (Photo: Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)

The judge has set a $100,000 bond for Michael Tate Reed after police believe he used his vehicle to destroy the Ten Commandments monument on state grounds Wednesday.

Reed appeared in court via video Thursday morning.

During his appearance, Reed insisted he represent himself, making multiple outbursts and yelling, "My Lord, My God".

When asked about his previous arrest he made another outburst saying, "None of them happened sir." Judge Wayne Gruber advised Reed to stay quiet at least twice, but Reed chose not to.

Gruber also said he was shocked at the allegations made against Reed, referencing the June 2015 massacre when Dylann Roof shot to death nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reed's public defender, Attorney Peggy Egan, requested a $10,000 bond, but following Reed's multiple outbursts the prosecuting attorney requested the bond be set at $100,000. Egan did say she suspects mental health concerns, while Reed continued to speak over her.

Reed's next court appearance is scheduled for September 7 at 9 a.m.

It is unclear at this time if Reed will continue to have representation through a public defender, or if he'll end up representing himself.

Police believe Reed used his 2016 Dodge Dart to destroy the monument early Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after its installation.


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