SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A request to keep an accused killer off the road and in jail did not make it through the proper channels before he was allowed to post bond, according to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore.
Moore's office sent a motion to revoke bond for Janneh Trench, 30, who is accused of the June 2014 deadly hit-and-run that killed Eric Fabre, 21, of Slidell.
"It's a sad set of circumstances. Our alarms went off when we saw that [Trench] had been a fugitive for so long and then later on, seeing how many times he had not appeared in court," Moore said. "My guess is before the matter came before a judge through the process that he bonded out of jail."
Trench was on the run for nearly a year after the hit-and-run. Investigators say he torched his car in an attempt to get rid of any evidence linking him to Fabre's death.
A tip led authorities to Clayton, Ga., last month where Trench had been hiding, police say. He was sent back to Louisiana on July 2. Trench posted his $77,000 bond on July11 and was released, according to East Baton Rouge jail records.
"It's really disheartening," said Eric's father, Jack Fabre. "This almost seems like a public safety issue that this individual did what he did. He could as well be behind the wheel of a car right now."
Fabre's family is losing faith in the system after Trench was allowed to post bond.
"I would have thought it would have been substantial or no bond just for the fact this man again evaded authorities for almost a year and did everything he could to do that and the bond was set to me at a minimal amount," Fabre said.
Moore says the bond amount is common for someone charged with negligent homicide and simple arson.
The judge could revoke the bond and require Trench be sent back to jail, but Trench was not required to wear a GPS monitoring device as a part of his bond agreement.