Bail Set at $1 Million for Man Accused of Killing Parents

Updated: 12/30/2013 10:37 PM
Created: 12/30/2013 3:00 PM

A judge has set bail at $1 million for a man accused of killing his parents in Iron River.

Jim Crain, 44, made his first court appearance via video link Monday afternoon.  Crain is accused of killing his father and mother, 79-year-old Jim Crain and 76-year-old Eunice Crain, in an attack in the couple's Iron River apartment on Dec. 7.

Prosecutors argued he is a flight risk because he has no other family members in the area, has no job and has a prior conviction for bail jumping.

"First of all, Mr. Crain was living with his parents who are obviously now deceased," Prosecuting Attorney Roy Korte said. "He has no other family members in the area. He has no other real ties to the community that I'm aware of."

The defense did not object to the bond amount.

"Mr. Crain is with little to no means," Defense Attorney Aaron Marcoux said. "To be honest, even if we set this bail at $1,000, Mr. Crain would not be able to meet it. These are severe allegations so we understand the significant cash is appropriate in this instance."

The judge, court personnel, and members of the media were the only people physically present in the courtroom for Monday's hearing.  Crain and his attorney appeared via video link from the jail while the prosecutor appeared via phone.

The prosecuting attorney is from the Wisconsin Attorney General's Office. The Bayfield District Attorney said he had a conflict of interest because he represented the suspect back in 2007 in a criminal case involving the suspect's father.

Crain's next court appearance was set for January 14.

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