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Judge reduces bond for survivor of officer-involved shooting at Pizza Hut

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A judge reduced the bond Monday for the only survivor of an officer-involved shooting that happened at Pizza Hut in October 2013. A judge reduced the bond Monday for the only survivor of an officer-involved shooting that happened at Pizza Hut in October 2013.
Jalani Smith was charged with four counts of robbery and four counts of kidnapping in connection to his involvement of an armed robbery. (Source: NHCSO) Jalani Smith was charged with four counts of robbery and four counts of kidnapping in connection to his involvement of an armed robbery. (Source: NHCSO)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A judge reduced the bond Monday for the only survivor of an officer-involved shooting that happened at Pizza Hut in October 2013.

Jalani Smith was charged with four counts of robbery and four counts of kidnapping in connection to his involvement of an armed robbery and was initially placed under a $1.5 million bond.

According to arrest warrants, Smith, Tevin Robinson, and Ronald Roland held four Pizza Hut employees at gunpoint in October while they robbed the store. The warrants say the trio took $100 and two cell phones from the victims.

Police said the three men refused to comply with officers as they were leaving the business. Shots were fired and all three men were taken to the hospital. The men were found with two weapons on them.

Roland and Robinson both died as a result of their injuries during the situation with police.

According to the District Attorney's Office, the actions bythe officers involved in the shooting were fully justified and were allowed toreturn to work.

Smith was arrested in connection to the crime when he was released from the hospital. He was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, and first degree kidnapping.

Smith's lawyer asked a judge Monday to reduce the bond to an amount that is more appropriate for common law robbery, claiming the current amount is "unreasonable."

The judge agreed to lower Smith's bond to $600,000.

Smith has been in custody since October 26, 2013.

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