Ludwig released from jail again

Judge reconsiders, reinstates bond

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John Ludwig leaves jail the first time after posting bail. Greg Beckner/Staff

For the second time in less than a week, John Ludwig Jr. walked out of the Greenville County Detention Center. Legal maneuverings that began with Thursday when Ludwig’s attorney, Billy Wilkins, filed a motion with the Clerk of Court requesting reconsideration of his client’s bond revocation earlier in the week culminated shortly before 6 p.m. when the Greenville millionaire strolled out the front door of the county jail, dressed in a blue pin-striped suit and tieless white shirt.

The motion, filed by Wilkins, retired chief justice of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, called state Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith’s ruling that sent Ludwig back to jail on Tuesday only hours after his initial bond release “improper” and “unwarranted.”

Ludwig is charged with murder in connection with an April 25th crash where he drove his 2007 Maserati through a house, killing 62-year-old Bill Bardsley. On Tuesday, Ludwig’s bond was revoked by Griffith after he wrote on the original bond order prior to his initial release from the county jail.

In the portion of the bond where he had to initial his release conditions, he wrote “no electronic monitoring” and “no porch arrest.” Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Bob Ariail, the chief prosecutor in the case, opposed the request for reconsideration. The conditions of Ludwig’s bond remain the same as in the initial order.

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