BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There's a question if the man accused of nearly killing Baton Rouge boxer Emanuel Augustus should have been out on the streets in the first place.
From most accounts it looks as if Christopher Stills was just hanging out in the system, in and out of jail for the last four years, piling up a pretty lengthy record of robberies, but never serving any real jail time.
Starting in April 2010, Stills was arrested and charged for armed robbery. He was accused of stealing a man's money and a cell phone at gunpoint. It happened along Swan Street. His bond was set at $60,000.
Four months later in August 2010, Stills was out of jail when investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department found his DNA inside an apartment on Scenic Highway. He was accused of breaking in and stealing a TV from the home. He was arrested and his bond was set at $100,000.
In December 2011, a man chasing his dog on Pembroke Street says he went back to his car to find Stills stealing a rifle from his truck- the man says Stills told him: "my mind is messed up- my momma and daddy are in jail and this gun is mine now." His bond was set at $7,000.
Now June 2012, along Convention Street, Stills was accused of stealing a guy's cell phone. The distinctive case for the phone would turn up after another robbery two weeks later. His bond was set at $20,000.
On that one, also July 2012 Stills and his buddy were accused of robbing of man at this a gas station on Airline Highway. Police say Stills took off in his truck and they later had to use the SWAT team to pull him out of his house. He was booked and held on a $15,000 bond.
That next year in August 2013, the District Attorney's office finally caught up with Stills and lumped his past charges into one plea deal. Although he was convicted of 3 felonies, they were lesser charges and he faced a total of 24 years in jail.
Judge Bonnie Jackson instead sentenced Stills to a total of 15 years, but Judge Jackson suspended all that time and instead put Stills on probation until 2018. He was free to walk the streets, with conditions.
In February of this year, Stills was also caught with marijuana and the Department of Corrections told us that may or may not have been enough to violate his probation at the time.
All of this finally brings us, according to police, to the shooting of Emanuel Augustus. Investigators say Stills was angry with his cousin. The two were in a car, but pulled over. They say Stills, in anger, randomly started shooting his gun several times along Louisiana Avenue. one of those shots hit boxer Augustus in the head.
They say Augustus was an innocent victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now, he's in a comma, and Still is back in jail, again. Stills is charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm. His bond is set at $120,000.