Missouri Attorney General called for a woke District Attorney to resign after freeing the man who struck a teenage volleyball player with a car leading her to lose both her legs.
Andrew Bailey, 63, gave St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner until noon CST on Thursday to step down from her role, or he’d start the process to remove her.
Bailey is holding Gardner responsible for the release of felon Daniel Riley, 21, who he claimed should’ve been in jail for armed robbery charges in 2020. He slammed Riley’s release as ‘a long history of failure to prosecute violent crime.’
Riley is responsible for striking volleyball player Janae Edmondson, 16, when she was walking back to her hotel with her family on February 18 around 9pm.
‘Instead of protecting victims, Circuit Attorney Gardner is creating them,’ Bailey wrote in a statement. ‘The driver of the speeding vehicle, Daniel Riley, should never have been in that car. He is a dangerous gunman who should have been in jail.’
Andrew Bailey, 63, gave St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner until noon CST on Thursday to step down from her role, or he’d start the process to remove her. Bailey blames Garner for the release of felon Daniel Riley, 21, who he claimed should’ve been in jail from armed robbery charges in 2020
Daniel Riley is responsible for striking volleyball player Janae Edmondson, 16, when she was walking back to her hotel with her family on February 18 around 9pm
Riley has an extensive criminal history and was arrested in 2020 for sealing a gun at gunpoint. He was charged with First Degree Robbery and Armed Criminal Action.
The suspect got out of jail on bond and violated pre-trial bond conditions about 50 times before the Circuit Attorney dismissed his charges and refiled the case in July 2022.
He has since violated his parole conditions 50 more times and has not had his bond privileges revoked.
‘This is the latest in a long pattern of brazen neglect,’ Bailey wrote. ‘The St. Louis Circuit Attorney has a long history of failure to prosecute violent crime, with a backlog of at least 3,000 cases.’
Bailey pledged to do everything in his power to remove Gardner from her position, including filing a writ of quo warranto, which would challenge her right to hold a public position.
St. Louis state representative Rasheen Aldridge Jr. added Garner’s office needs a ‘turnover.’
‘I think there are a lot of folks that support her that have been silent, but this is one of many fumbles of the ball,’ Aldridge Jr. said, according to Fox2Now.
A spokesperson from Garner’s office responded to the contention arguing prosecutors previously asked for Riley’s ‘bond revocation’ in 2021 following his violations but were denied by Judge Hettenbach.
Last month, prosecutors also requested a hearing to address Riley’s bond but were ignored, according to Garner’s office.
‘I will ensure my office will put all of our resources into holding Daniel Riley accountable and providing support for the young woman and her family on her road to recovery,’ the spokesperson wrote in a statement.
‘Judges have the sole authority to determine the bond conditions of a defendant… in this matter, prosecutors asked on several occasions for higher bonds, and those requests were denied.’
At the time of the crash, Janae Edmondson had finished participating in day one of the President’s Day Classic Tournament hosted in St. Louis
The driver was on 11th and St. Charles when he didn’t stop and crashed into another car before nailing the teenager in between a parked car
At the time of the crash, Edmondson had finished participating in day one of the President’s Day Classic Tournament hosted in St. Louis.
The volleyball player from Tennessee was walking back to her hotel room when she was hit by Riley on 11th and St. Charles when he failed to yield.
Riley crashed into another car before nailing the teenager in between a parked car.
Authorities confirmed Riley was speeding and driving without a license. He was previously arrested for robbery and was supposed to be on house arrest..
Edmondson was with her parents at the time of the crash and was immediately rushed to the hospital. She will stay in the St. Louis hospital for about a month before she is safe to move.
Coaches of the volleyball player called the accident ‘stunning’, especially since Edmondson had just signed with a collegiate volleyball team a week before.
‘A wonderful kid with a great smile, a three-sport athlete,’ Jeff Wismer, assistant director of the Mid-Tennessee Volleyball Clib, told 13 ABC.
‘She has lost both limbs below her waist, so for us, how do you find words to explain our sorrow? We really can’t.
‘We have frustration,’ he added. ‘We have anger over any responsible act, a missed sign or whatever was a causation of this.’
The teenager was described as ‘gifted’ and ‘tough’ by her coaches who believed she could overcome her latest challenge.
‘Life doesn’t make sense sometimes,’ Jay Umboh, Edmondson’s former coach, wrote on Facebook. ‘Losing your legs as a young athlete about to play college ball is as Tragic as it can get. But if anyone can overcome this, I know it’s you Janae.’
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