CLINTON — A state district judge set bail at $1 million Tuesday for the suspected drunken driver accused of vehicular homicide in the deaths of seven people in a May 30 head-on collision in East Feliciana Parish.
Brett Gerald, 30, had been jailed in the East Feliciana Parish Prison without bail since June 4.
Gerald, recovering from ankle injuries and seated in a wheelchair, appeared before 20th Judicial District Judge William G. Carmichael for Tuesday’s bail hearing on the seven counts of vehicular homicide that District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla filed Tuesday.
The conditions of the bail include living with his father, not leaving the house unless going to church or getting medical treatment, and being outfitted with an electronic monitoring device.
Gerald’s arraignment on the charges slated for Tuesday was postponed until June 26 because Gerald did not have an attorney present.
State Police said Gerald, of Greensburg, drove his pickup truck into the wrong lane of La. 67 south of Clinton and crashed it head-on into a car occupied by seven Baton Rouge residents returning from Bible studies in Clinton.
State Police reported that Gerald’s blood-alcohol content on May 30 was 0.15 percent. In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.
Five people in the car died instantly in the collision: the driver, Brenda Gaines, 64; Denise Gaines, 33; Diamond Johnson, 12; Jyran Johnson, 6; and Angela Mosely, 36.
Gerald was initially booked at the East Feliciana Parish Prison on five counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular negligent injury and one count each of second-offense driving while intoxicated, reckless operation and driving left of center.
He was initially released on bail May 31 after his family posted a property bond of about $256,000.
State Police re-arrested Gerald on June 4, booking him with a sixth count of vehicular homicide after Willie Gaines Jr., 15, was taken off life support at a Baton Rouge hospital on June 3.
Carmichael then ordered Gerald held without bail until Tuesday’s hearing.
The seventh victim of the collision, Rogerick Johnson Jr., died Sunday at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, State Police said.