Bond set at $300,000 in school vandalism

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A 19-year-old man remained in jail with bail set at $300,000 on charges in the alleged gang-related vandalism that caused more than $60,000 in damage to Monroe County High School.

District Attorney Tommy Chapman says Justin Powell took part in the vandalism after a member of "The Folk" gang had a run-in with the principal.

Powell was charged with felony burglary and criminal mischief.

Powell attorney Les Stallworth says his client denied being a gang member and planned to plead innocent A juvenile also was arrested and police are searching for a third suspect, 18-year-old Lamarr Turner.

At Powell's bond hearing Monday, Chapman said he requested a high bond because of the gang connection and because Turner had fled.

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