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Louisville murder suspect's bond prompts argument between judge and defense attorney

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man accused of driving drunk and killing a pedestrian pleaded not guilty in court Monday morning -- and his attorney got into a heated exchange with the judge. 

Police say 64-year-old David Sherman admitted he was drinking before he hit and killed a pedestrian in downtown Louisville Saturday night. 

He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty inside Metro Corrections this morning. 

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of S. 2nd Street and Broadway. Police say Sherman drove south on Second Street, crossed Broadway, and continued in the wrong direction on a one-way street, hitting a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

Sherman's girlfriend says he told her he was at a wedding before the accident. 

Sherman's attorney, Steve Romines, strongly objected to the amount of his client's bond, going as far as arguing with Jefferson District Judge Annette Karem. 

"Judge, it's currently $100,000," Romines said. "Mr. Sherman is a 19-year employee of UPS, owns his home here in Louisville. I think if the Court reviews the pre-trial report, he's a low-risk, with a -- I think -- 96 percent probability of returning for court. We would have no objection to an HIP -- perhaps $50,000 full cash to HIP, with a license restriction as a condition of that, as well as a short date, your honor."

"The risk level doesn’t take into account the charges, so I think the bond is appropriate: $100,000," Judge Karem replied. "It's going to remain that way."

"Judge I would point out, the reason it doesn't take into account the charges is because he is presumed innocent of those charges at this time," Romines said.

"Absolutely."

"So the reason that was created was to determine the bonds absent -- while considering the presumption of innocence," Romines continued.

"The reason that was determined was to give the court an idea of what to consider on one factor of the bond," Judge Karem replied. "The factors of the bond include the danger to society, and so the bond is $100,000."

"And your honor, when the court only considers the factor of the seriousness of the charge, it completely ignores the fact that they are presumed innocent of that charge, but I understand the court's ruling," Romines said. "Thank you, your honor."

Despite the objection Sherman's bond remains at $100,000. He's scheduled to be back in court to answer his charges at the end of the month. 

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