The woman accused of burning dozens of residents out of their homes at D'Iberville's Arbor View apartment complex is free on bond as of Thursday. Accused arsonist, Krystal Gonzalez, appeared in court Thursday morning, where a judge granted a motion to lower her $2 million bond. After two days in court, Gonzalez has been granted a bond within her reach. Michael Crosby, Gonzalez’s attorney, says, "The court sets a bond of $200, 000 in this case." Circuit Judge, Roger Clark's, move to lower her bond is also without any restrictions, so she is free to leave Mississippi pending trial. On Monday, many friends testified on her behalf. Some of them returned Thursday.
Crosby also says, "You can tell a lot about somebody by the friends they have with them. Her friends are top of the line, top character, loyal, and they're here." Gonzalez's mother and old roommate were among the people in the courtroom. Also in attendance was one man whose home was destroyed in that fire. Mike McQuillan, a victim of the Arbor View fire, says, "Maybe I'm holding a grudge. Maybe I just want to find out for sure if there is a proven guilt there." McQuillan is disappointed that Gonzalez's bond has been lowered. He feels she is not the good hearted person she has been portrayed as in court.
McQuillan also says, "As outgoing and friendly as she is made out to be, anytime we've past her in the apartment breezeway or anything like that, if I say, ‘Hi,’ I get no response out of her." Hours after Thursday's hearing, Gonzalez bonded out and cleaned herself up after a month behind bars. She did not comment, but her attorney, Crosby, did speak to her possible plans. Crosby says, "She will probably stay here until I have everything in line, everything I need, and then my guess would be she might go stay with her mother." Gonzalez's mother lives in California.
As for her charge here in Mississippi, Crosby says, "I know in the end she will be, of course, not guilty." A grand jury will review the case and decide whether to issue an indictment.