Judge reduces bail for Ketchikan man accused of murder

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Bail for a Ketchikan man charged with second-degree murder was reduced Monday.

Brock Charles, 38, is accused of beating Gordon Rasnick, 50, to death on Christmas Eve.

At the bail hearing, Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens approved a third-party custodian for Charles and lowered the bail from $250,000 to $25,000. Charles' attorney, Darrel Gardner of the Office of Public Advocacy, said Charles' mother, Louise Charles, expected to post bail.

Louise Charles will have to supervise her son 24 hours a day and make sure he obeys all laws, stays in Ketchikan, does not drink alcohol, has no contact with witnesses and maintains an 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.

District Attorney Steve West objected to Louise Charles as a custodian. He said she lives in a duplex and crimes have occurred in the other half of the home.

Stephens set a Nov. 12 trial date.

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