Activist from Bedford shooting posts bond after standoff in Illinois

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(WTAJ) — An activist facing charges in relation to a Bedford County shooting from 2020 has now posted bond after his alleged involvement in a police chase and standoff in Illinois.

Orsino Thurman posted a $75,000 bond in DeWitt County, Illinois. Thurman was allowed to post bond despite Dewitt County having a copy of the warrant and charges from Pennsylvania, according to Bedford County District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts.

“Our warrant was valid and was for ‘full extradition’ and I immediately indicated to the prosecutor as soon as I made contact that we would extradite,” Childers-Potts said. “Illinois filed a Complaint in Extradition.  It is a criminal complaint charging a criminal offense, which means that depending on what the underlying offense is, the state filing the Complaint in Extradition might allow the defendant to post bail.  That’s what happened here.”

Childers-Potts confirmed with authorities in Illinois that her office would extradite Thurman back to Pennsylvania. The Office of the District Attorney started to make arrangements to have Thurman transported to Bedford County to stand trial, according to a statement issued by the DA’s office.

Childers-Potts was contacted on Sept. 22 by the DeWitt County prosecutor that Thurman had posted bail the day before through a third party on his behalf.

“I was disappointed and frustrated to learn that Orsino Thurman posted bond in DeWitt County,” Childers-Potts said. “My office and the prosecutor’s office in DeWitt County, Illinois started a dialogue almost immediately after Thurman’s arrest.”

She added that the roadblocks that her office is facing will not deter them from continuing to fight to extradite Thurman back to Pennsylvania.

Thurman was part of an activist group that was marching from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. for the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

In Illinois, Thurman allegedly drove away from police when they tried to stop him and ask about a domestic battery incident. Police had to stop Thurman’s vehicle with spike strips and Thurman refused to get out of the car for several hours, according to the charges filed. Police said Thurman had a baby with him and negotiators were able to have the baby handed over to the mother.

A preliminary hearing on the charges and Complaint in Extradition is scheduled for Sept. 28.

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