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Higher bonds for co-defendants raise questions over Jones' house arrest

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Attorneys for former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones say home incarceration for their client is fair.

“I can only tell you in a case like this, he hasn't received any special treatment,” said Jones' attorney Scott C. Cox.

Jones is charged with two counts each of rape and sodomy. Two other men, TJ Walker and Jalen Tilford, are also charged in the case. Tilford is charged with one count of rape and one of sodomy, Walker with one count of rape. 

Tilford's bond was set at $100,000 and Walker's was set at $75,000. However, district judge Sheila Collins, who set Jones' bond, did not preside over Walker and Tilford's hearings. They were arrested Wednesday night and arraigned by another judge in jail court Thursday morning.

“Different people addressed the bond,” said one of Walker's attorneys Brian Butler. “We'll have an opportunity in the near future to address TJ's bond in front of the judge that has all the cases now.”

Walker has previous charges of shoplifting and theft by taking. Jones and Tilford have no criminal record in Jefferson County.

“Where the charges are equal, one would first think that bonds should be equal,” says legal expert and attorney David Mejia. “ But where each individual has a different history and background, that of course leads to different bonds.”

Jones is currently living in a hotel according to his attorneys. They said they hope he will have a more permanent residence in the near future.

“A hotel is a residence and hotels are considered a home or a residence, short-term or long-term, for each of us,” added Mejia.

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