Teenager's bail set at $500,000

Shirley Blake (center) is comforted Wednesday after a magistrate set bond at $500,000 for 17-year-old Brandon Holmes, who is accused of pushing her son, Adonis Blake, from a moving vehicle.

ANDY PARAS

Shirley Blake erupted in tears Wednesday, moments after a magistrate set a $500,000 bail for a Baptist Hill High School student accused of pushing her son out of a moving vehicle last month.

"He doesn't deserve to be on the street no more," Blake said as she walked out of bond court. "It's not right. My son can't do anything."

Brandon Lamont Holmes, 17, is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill in connection with the July 14 incident that left Adonis Blake partially paralyzed with a severe brain injury.

A witness reported seeing Blake rolling down S.C. Highway 162 in Hollywood after, authorities say, he was pushed from a truck or van.

Charleston County Sheriff's investigators arrested Holmeson Tuesday after Blake emerged from a coma and identified Holmes as the person who pushed him.

Holmes denies any involvement and insists he was home at the time, according to his attorney, Jim Smiley.

Smiley said after the bond hearing that Blake's statement is the only evidence police have implicating his client. He said the two were friends and played on the football team together, so it's possible there were other reasons Blake remembered Holmes' name.

"I've got questions about the competency of a kid who was in a coma for five weeks," Smiley said.

Detective Charles Lawrence told Magistrate Linda Lombard that Blake has had two surgeries on his brain and that surgeons had to remove a portion of his skull until the swelling subsides.

Blake was moved from intensive care this week after showing improvement, but his mother said he can't feed himself or go to the bathroom by himself. She said he's paralyzed on his left side and can say only a word at a time.

"But he's getting a little bit better every day?" Lombard said.

"Yes, ma'am," Shirley Blake said.

Smiley said he didn't want to downplay the injuries but asked Lombard for a minimal bail because his client has never been in trouble with the law and has roots in the community.

Lombard said she had to take the severe injuries into consideration.

"I'm impressed with the severity of the situation," she said. "Sadly impressed by it."

Lombard set the bail at $500,000 and warned Holmes about having any contact with the victim. Shirley Blake also asked the judge to do something to prevent Holmes' mother, Barbara, from having any contact with Blake's son. She said both she and Barbara Holmes work at Medical University Hospital, where her son is getting treatment.

Lombard referred the matter to police.

Smiley said his client's mother working at the hospital wasn't an issue.

"She has no connection to the victim's unit," Smiley said.