Krystal Gonzalez, the woman accused of starting the fire at the Arbor View Apartments in D'Iberville, appeared in court Monday. Gonzalez and her attorney, Micheal Crosby, are working to get her $2 million bond reduced. For the past three weeks, Gonzalez, has been behind bars under a $2 million bond. She is accused of starting the massive fire on March 4th at the Arbor View Apartments in D’Iberville that burned an entire building to the ground. Meanwhile, her family and friends want her home. Monday, they, along with Gonzalez's lawyer, Crosby, were at Gonzalez's bond hearing, pleading with Judge Roger Clark to reduce her bond.
Crosby says, "They've been raising money and her family has been putting that together for her, and we've been trying to make arrangements with the bonding company for that financing of the bond." From Gonzalez's best friends to previous employers, each one took the stand, testifying to the goodness of Gonzalez's character. Crosby also says, "I mean, that's asking a lot for people to give up their whole day to come speak for her, especially in light of what she is being accused of and the way that other people who don’t know her are speaking so poorly about her." Gonzalez took a big leap as well, taking the stand herself.
Crosby also says, "I went to the bench to make sure that I could have her speak about issues concerning bond, residency, friendship, job, employment, and what she would do, whether or not she would show back up to court, and let the judge look her in the eyes and let her say that to him, which she did, looked him dead in the eyes and told him what she would do." Crosby says the ordeal has been tough for his client, but she is making the best of her time behind bars. Crosby closes, "She goes to church. She helps counsel other inmates. She has taken this and she’s decided to say, ‘I’m gonna’ use this as an opportunity to reflect upon my life, and try to get my values and goals right.’"
Judge Clark is taking Monday's testimony, along with multiple letters written on behalf of Gonzalez, into consideration and will make a decision on reducing her bond Thursday at 10 a.m.