Cop charged in murderous weekend bond shooting
GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) – A police officer who was charged in a shooting that killed a Hemingway man in Georgetown County bonded Thursday morning.
Cassandra Dollard is charged with intentional homicide in connection with the death of Robert Langley, 46, in a shooting involving an officer, according to the state Division of Law Enforcement, which was called in to investigate the shooting.
A judge set bail at $150,000 on the charge. According to court records, Dollard withdrew after her hearing.
At the bail hearing, Dollard’s attorney asked for a modest bond while the attorney argued that Dollard may be a flight risk.
The lawyer asked the judge for substantial bail for Dollard, saying the chase ended nearly nine miles outside Dollard’s jurisdiction and reached a top speed, according to dashcam video, of 127 mph .
The attorney told the court that Dollard thought he saw something in Langley’s hand, possibly a gun.
Lawyer Bakari Sellers, who represents Langley’s family, said Langley had no weapon and called Dollard’s actions that night a failure of the whole system, citing his career history in law enforcement which included two previous dismissals. The sellers asked the judge to order Dollard not to contact the family directly or indirectly, and not to make any statements, including on social media, as a condition of any bail granted for her.
“When they called me and said he was killed without justification, it killed me and his family,” Langley’s mother Roslynn Langley said. “No one understands what I’m going through right now. My son meant the world to me.
She asked the judge to impose the highest bond possible.
Dollard was arrested in Berkeley County on Wednesday and taken to the Georgetown County Detention Center for Thursday morning’s bail hearing.
The charge stems from a shooting involving an officer early Sunday morning. The state Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the incident, said it began with a pursuit of Hemingway that continued in Williamsburg County, Georgetown County and ended in an accident.
The Georgetown County Coroner’s Office said Langley died after being shot Sunday morning. His autopsy is scheduled for Friday at MUSC.
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