COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Adam Coy, the former Columbus police officer charged in the murder of Andre’ Hill, made his first court appearance Friday.
A Franklin County judge set bond at $3 million in a hearing that lasted about 10 minutes.
“I am setting bond at 3 million to ensure your appearance,” said Magistrate Elizabeta Saken, who presided over the arraignment.
Attorney Mark Collins argued that Coy is not a flight risk and has cooperated with every stage of the investigation. Collins also pointed to Coy’s ties to the community and past service when arguing against a high bond. After the hearing, Collins said he will fight for a lower amount.
“He’s done everything that’s been asked of him and this 3 million dollar bond is just what we feel inappropriate, and the magistrate did what she thought she should,” Collins said.
The state Attorney General’s office argued that the possibility of a life sentence may give different ideas to someone who would not ordinarily flee. The Attorney General’s office asked for high bond.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that there should be a no-contact order between Coy and potential witnesses in the case.
Ohio Attorney General David Yost announced Wednesday that Coy had been indicted by a Franklin County grand jury for the shooting death of Hill.
Coy is charged with murder in the commission of a felony, felonious assault, dereliction of duty for failure to turn on his body camera, and dereliction of duty for failure to inform his fellow officer that he felt Hill presented a danger.
Collins entered a not guilty plea at the hearing on behalf of Coy, who attended virtually.
Collins addressed Coy, asking, “You gave me permission to sign your name to the not guilty form as well as the agreement to have your presence waived and go forward with the video conferencing correct?”
Coy responded in turn, “Absolutely, thank you.”
Yost was also in the courtroom.
“The state asked for a high bond and clearly the court heard our concern,” Yost said.
After the arraignment, Collins went to speak to a duty judge to try and get that bond reduced, but the earliest that can be done is Monday.
“All across the country, the bonds go anywhere from 75 thousand — the lowest we found in police shooting cases — to 1 million the highest,” Collins said. “So now in Franklin County, we’re three times higher any other bond in the nation in relation to an on-duty police shooting.”