State Attorney says system ‘failed’ by releasing Orlando man accused of road rage shooting

The State Attorney for Osceola and Orange Counties says the “system failed” when it allowed an Orlando man accused of multiple road rage shooting incidents to be released on bond.

According to a press release issued by Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Monica Worrell on Friday, the State Attorney’s Office had no prior knowledge of the cases that Emanuel Bullard was being arraigned for on February 14.

As a result, the court set a bond in the amount of $3,500 and the state attorney’s office offered no objection.

Bullard is being accused of shooting at different individuals across the span of multiple road rage incidents that took place this past December and January. He bonded out on February 15.

Emanuel Bullard
Emanuel Bullard

“As soon as our office became aware of the details surrounding the case, we immediately worked with law enforcement to gather the information needed to file a motion for pre-trial detention on that same day,” reads the statement from Worrell. Worrell said the case serves as an example of the necessity of timely communication among the branches of the legal system.

“The system collectively failed to handle this case with the gravity it deserves. We are thankful that this matter was able to be rectified quickly, and we are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to make the necessary adjustments going forward to ensure the safety of our community.”

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