The bail for a man accused of shooting a rifle at people in a pickup truck outside of Jitterbugs in Box Elder has been cut to a fifth of its original level, although it still is 10 times more than the defendant’s attorney had requested.
Garrison W. Henderson of Rocky Boy, born in 1993, faces felony charges of attempted deliberate homicide, assault with a weapon and two counts of criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving following a shooting Nov. 26.
In the bond reduction hearing, his attorney, Randy Randolph, requested the bond be reduced from $500,000 to $10,000. He cited Henderson’s lack of previous criminal charges, his close ties to the community and the willingness of his family to supervise the defendant as some of the reasons in support of the bail reduction, and said Henderson would accept having to wear a SCRAM bracelet to detect any use of alcohol and to track his location as a condition of release.
Hill County Attorney Gina Dahl said she agreed that use of a SCRAM device is appropriate, but said she opposed any bond reduction, citing the serious, life-threatening nature of the accused actions.
State District Judge Dan Boucher reduced the bond to $100,000. He also required that if Henderson posts bail, he wear a SCRAM bracelet and imposed a list of conditions of release including a 10 p. m. to 6 a. m. curfew, not possessing a firearm, not leaving the county without permission and not consuming or possessing alcohol or being in a bar or tavern.
Boucher said that, although the exact reason for the altercation may never be known, the apparent involvement of alcohol and the life-threatening nature of what Henderson is accused to have done requires a substantial bond.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Henderson’s grandfather and adoptive father, George Henderson Sr., testified that he and his wife, Carol Henderson, would allow Garrison Henderson to stay with them at their residence on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation if he posts bond. The couple, both employees at the Rocky Boy clinic, also would report any violations of conditions of his release, George Henderson said.
Garrison Henderson’s girlfriend, Stacey Belcourt, a student at Stone Child College at Rocky Boy with whom Henderson has a 5-month-old daughter, also agreed to monitor Henderson and report any violations if he is released on bond.
According to the charging document, law enforcement officers from the Hill County Sheriff’s Office and Rocky Boy Police Department responded Nov. 26 to a report of a shootout outside of Jitterbugs. A witness reported that the shooter had driven from the scene, crashing into several cars before going off the road, leaving his pickup and running away across a field, hiding something in a tree as he did so.
The sheriff’s deputy who responded found Henderson hiding in tall grass in the field across which he was said to have run. He told the deputy he had had an assault rifle pulled on him.
Jarod Parker told the deputy that he had arrived at the store and Henderson, who appeared drunk, was parked at the gas pump. Henderson started yelling at Parker and waving his hands around, he said.
When Parker got out of his truck, he said, Henderson pulled a rifle out of his own truck. Parker got back into his own truck, he said, and then Henderson approached and first pointed the rifle at Parker through the side window. He then struck Parker’s truck’s windshield with the stock of the rifle, breaking the rifle stock, before returning to his own pickup.
When he got to his vehicle, Henderson turned and fired six to eight rounds at Parker’s truck, Parker said, with himself, his girlfriend and his 3-year-old daughter inside. One round struck the windshield, he said.
Deputies investigating the scene found a bullet hole in the windshield indicating a bullet went through the cab just above where Parker’s head would have been.
Surveillance video at the convenience store shows what appears to be Henderson pulling a rifle from his vehicle and, after leaving then returning to the camera view, firing the rifle.
When interviewed Nov. 27, Henderson said Parker had a pistol and that he shot two times in the air when he saw the pistol. He said no one other than Parker was in Parker’s truck.
The Hill County sheriff’s deputy conducting the interview said Henderson appeared surprised when he was told Parker’s vehicle had two bullet holes in it, and became very upset when he was told a woman and child also were in the vehicle.