A great-grandmother waived her right to a preliminary hearing Monday on charges that she left two kids and a dog inside a car while she shopped at a Walmart in West Ashley.
During the brief proceeding, Charleston County Associate Chief Magistrate James B. Gosnell Jr. also agreed to reduce 81-year-old Geneva Roper Johnson's bail from $50,000 to $10,000.
Johnson has been free since July 14, but her lawyer, Lionel Lofton, said the bail bondsman did not collect his fee at that time. Lofton said he sought a reduction in an effort to save her family some money.
Lofton said he and his client saw no need to go through a preliminary hearing, which is held to determine if there is sufficient probable cause to warrant the case going to trial. No trial date has been set, he said.
Johnson declined comment when reached at her West Ashley home Monday afternoon.
On July 13, Charleston police arrested Johnson after a store worker reportedly found her great-grandchildren and a dog inside a parked car in sweltering heat with the windows rolled up. Johnson, who has no prior record, is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.