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Judge upholds $50,000 bond in road rage shooting case

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Judge Sean Delahanty objects to statements made by prosecutors after he set a $10,000 bond for an accused killer. Judge Sean Delahanty objects to statements made by prosecutors after he set a $10,000 bond for an accused killer.
Donald Hayes is charged with one count of murder after he allegedly shot and killed a man on June 21 on Poplar Level Road. Donald Hayes is charged with one count of murder after he allegedly shot and killed a man on June 21 on Poplar Level Road.
Danny Wilson was shot and killed in his car on Poplar Level Road on June 21. His family says he was on his way to visit his mother. Danny Wilson was shot and killed in his car on Poplar Level Road on June 21. His family says he was on his way to visit his mother.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson district judge upholds the $50,000 bond for a man charged with what police call a "road rage" murder.

The arguments over bond for 67-year-old Donald Hayes of Louisville involved amounts set by two judges and questions of ethics and procedure in court.

During a two-part hearing Thursday, Judge Eric Haner ruled the $50,000 bond will stand for Hayes, after his attorney challenged it.

"All we want is a fair fight. If we get a fair fight, we like our chances," Hayes' attorney Kevin Glogower said after the hearing. "We feel it was done inappropriately, under an incorrect analysis and in bad faith by the commonwealth," Glogower said.

Hayes has sold hot dogs across the street from the Hall of Justice for many years. He is acquainted with many members of the legal community.

Police say Hayes shot and killed 57-year-old Danny Wilson on Saturday in the parking lot of a Chase bank on Poplar Level Road in a case that involved road rage

Hayes was in jail for less than 24 hours before posting a $10,000 bond set by judge Sean Delahanty, but was ordered back to jail Wednesday after his bond was raised to $50,000 by Haner at the request of prosecutors, who called the $10,000 bond "inappropriate" for the murder charge. Prosecutors also said Delahanty wasn't the on-call or the backup judge when he heard the case. 

"We were compelled to file a motion asking a court to review the bond," prosecutor Susan Ely said Wednesday. "Obviously, somebody died as a result of this, and we felt like $100,000 would have been appropriate," said prosecutor Susan Ely. 

Judge Delahanty had a harsh response for that statement.

"Before they can make outrageous statements that impune my integrity, they have a duty as a representative of the government, as the arm prosecuting cases, to know what they're talking about," Delahanty said. "And it's -- at the very least -- irresponsible, if not slanderous, to make these allegations."

"This man (Hayes) knows too many people. There are too many people that know him, and I don't think my father would get a fair anything," said the Wilson's daughter, Christy Wilson, after the hearing.

On Thursday, Delahanty testified in front of Haner to say prosecutors were wrong, and said he was, in fact, the duty judge last weekend, and there were no inappropriate dealings as prosecutors had insinuated.

County Attorney Mike O'Connell said his office didn't have the most up-to-date schedule for weekend judges, but Haner said Thursday that wasn't a factor in his decision to increase the bond.

"Whether Judge Delahanty was on call last Saturday or another judge was on call last Saturday, was no factor when in me deciding what I think the appropriate bond in this case should be," Haner said. "And I set that bond at $50,000 full cash and I still today feel that is the appropriate bond and that decision is going to stand."

"We don't want to lose focus that he set a $10,000 bond on this murder charge -- with bail credit on top of it," O'Connell said. "And Judge Haner increased it to $50,000. So if his feelings were hurt about something he put that on the record in front of one his colleagues, and it's over."

Attorneys could seek a special prosecutor or ask a circuit judge to intervene in the case. 

Hayes was held in Metro Corrections late Thursday.

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