NAPLES — A day after trading his blue detention jumpsuit for the orange of the Collier County jail, teenager Alex Crain was told he must post a $1 million bond before he can be released.
Crain, 14, made his first appearance Thursday afternoon before a Collier County Judge in the slayings of his parents, Thomas and Kelly Crain. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged him as an adult with two counts of manslaughter with a firearm, and Crain was booked into the jail that afternoon.
Judge Vince Murphy set bond at $500,000 a count, and required the teenager to forfeit his passport, if he has one, and to remain within the state.
The teenager appeared on a TV screen, his image broadcast from the jail. Attentive to Murphy, he spoke only once, when asked by the judge if he had any questions.
"I have no questions, your honor," he said.
Outside the courtroom, attorney Brian Bieber called the bond amount "unreasonable" and said he expects to move for a bond hearing in the coming months, once he and co-counsel Mark Rankin receive and look over the state's evidence in the case.
Bieber told reporters that Crain's psychological state was a primary cause of the shooting. He declined to elaborate, variously calling his client's condition a "disease" and a "defect," and he said Crain's family had been unaware of the problem.
"We believe the mental health aspect in this case is of epic proportion," he said.
The attorney told Vincent he intends to request the trial court prohibit electronic media--video and still cameras--from the courtroom for pleadings. He also said he'll seek appointment of a guardian ad litem in the case, a volunteer assigned by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child in a legal proceeding.
A judge has yet to be assigned the case.
Collier deputies discovered the bodies of Thomas and Kelly Crain in the bedroom of their Golden Gate Estates home after dispatchers received a 911 call from the house on the morning of Dec. 9. Alex Crain is believed to have been the only other person inside the home at the time.
Before Wednesday, Crain was held in juvenile detention. He is currently being held in a medical housing unit of the Naples Jail Center.
Roughly a dozen of Crain's family members arrived at the hearing room for the teenager's brief appearance. Finding only a cramped space largely occupied by media, they waited outside.