LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The man who destroyed the Ten Commandments monument was in court Thursday morning where his bond was set at $100,000.
Throughout the hearing via video link, Michael Reed kept talking over his own public defender. He insisted that he wanted to represent himself and that he didn't need the public defender. The Pulaski County Judge Wayne Gruber implored Reed against making "any remark at this time that could work against you."
The public defender then requested that Reed's microphone be muted. His defender then theorized that Reed had mental health issues.
In 2015, Reed stated his psychotic break was inspired by a Dracula movie and a belief that Michael Jackson's spirit was living inside meat.
After listening to both attorneys, the judge said he listened to all the allegations and was shocked by them, calling them "very serious allegations."
"I'm reminded of a much more serious offense, that being the praying folks in the Charleston church who were slaughtered by a gunman," the judge said.
In June of 2015, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people during a prayer service inside of a church.
Reed is facing charges of defacing objects of public respect, trespassing on Capitol grounds, and first-degree criminal mischief.
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