HOUSTON -- Applause broke out Tuesday morning at a bond hearing for a man accused of fatally shooting his supervisor at the car dealership where they worked.
Keith Grimmett, 49, allegedly shot Robert Kuentz after an argument last year.
Though he was charged with murder, Grimmett still qualified for bond, since it was not considered a capital offense.
“I had a feeling it was going to be a $50,000 bond,” Robert Kuentz’s wife, Heather, said. “And that was going to break my heart.”
Instead Judge Ruben Guerrero set bond at $1 million, a figure Grimmett is unlikely to afford.
“It’s a little bit of relief that he’s not, he doesn’t have a very good chance of getting out on the streets,” said the victim’s father, Larry Kuentz. “It’s good for the community that he’s not out there.”
Prosecutors told the judge that Grimmett is still a danger, citing a dishonorable discharge and a violent past.
Stan Broussard, his attorney, said he knew nothing about that.
“I think the judge felt the decision that he made was the right decision,” Broussard said. “Of course I take issue with it. It may be addressed at a different time.”
On Tuesday Kuentz’s family and friends filled the courtroom. Many wore shirts with his initials and buttons with a picture of him and his young son.