Charleston Man Arrested on 5 Counts of Attempted Murder Released on Personal Recognizance Bond

A young Charleston man previously arrested on 5 counts of Attempted Murder ($60,000.00) was released on personal recognizance bond (PR) for two violent offenses, and jailed thereafter on two new weapons offenses.

Jaelen Mikell Heyward, age 19, was subject to PR on 08/04/2018 for two counts of Assault and Battery 3rd Degree ($1,087.00) and Disorderly Conduct. Three months later on 11/15/2018, Heyward was re-arrested on charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon ($10,000.00) and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon ($5,000.00).

His granting of leniency is highly questionable, as in October 2016 Heyward was incarcerated on five Attempted Murder charges and one count of Possession of a Knife/Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime.

Mr. Heyward was also on court-ordered Probation at the time of his most recent arrest, and was promptly booked into the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center on 11/19/2018 for Probation Violation ($20,000.00).

With now 4 arrests and 11 felonies under his belt, it is safe to proclaim his purported danger to the community, and the risk to countless lives his release entails. Will the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) speak against the permissiveness that has allowed this man to roam freely? Never will it happen.