WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- B.J. Wright is getting out of jail. A Columbus County bail bondsman has posted a $750,000 bond for the young man charged with a host of crimes, including vandalism at the home of former Sen. R.C. Soles.
Court officials tell WWAY Around the Clock Bail Bonds posted the bond Tuesday. A judge had required that anyone who wanted to bond Wright out of jail would have to appear in court to explain why and where the money is from. But at a hearing on that this morning, Judge Jack Hooks ruled that because the money came from a bondsman, no more information was required. State law grants bondsmen privacy for business.
We've tried to contact Mark Cartret, the owner of Around the Clock Bail Bonds, but a woman at his office said he was not in, and she did not know how to get hold of him, because he rarely comes to the office.
As a term of his release, Wright will be under house arrest with electronic monitoring at his mother's house. He could have avoided that restriction if someone posted a $1 million bond.
Wright has been in jail since early March 2 after he was arrested in South Carolina, a couple of weeks after he was accused of vandalism at Soles's home near Tabor City. Wright went on the run after finding out he faced a $1 million bond.
The judge had set the condition that whoever posted Wright's bond explain it after thousands of dollars worth of bonds had been posted for Wright, who has no known form of legal income.
Judge Hooks also ordered Wright to have no contact with Soles and stay at least 500 feet from Soles, his home and his office.
Hooks said he is not a fool and expects to get a phone call about this case by the end of the weekend. He also said Wright will not be released until the funds from the company are verified.
At last check, Wright was still in custody at the Columbus County Jail.