WILLISTON, N.D. — A judge reduced the bond for a 26-year-old man accused of manslaughter to $150,000, on Tuesday, June 11, but refused to lower it as much as a defense attorney requested.
Justin Crites was charged last week with manslaughter, a class B felony, in connection with the death of 57-year-old Jay LePage in early May following an altercation outside The Shop Bar in Williston. On Friday, a judge set Crites' bond at $250,000.
On Tuesday, Jeff Nehring, who represented Crites, asked the judge to lower the bond to $20,000 and order Crites to wear a GPS monitor. Nehring argued the bond too high for a manslaughter charge.
Police and prosecutors say Crites, who is a member of the Prairie Rattlers Motorcycle Club, stepped in during a dispute between Jennifer Young and Colleen LePage, Jay LePage's wife. Crites intervened because Young's cousin, Glen Davis, was a fellow member of the club.
Crites and Davis then approached LePage, because Davis believed LePage had said something disparaging about his deceased father, according to an affidavit of probable cause. A witness told police that Crites punched LePage and LePage fell backward and struck his head on the sidewalk. He died several days later at a Minot hospital.
Crites is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing July 3.