PORTAGE, Ind. – A man accused of killing a couple while driving drunk was released on $7,500 bond Monday.
Cleon Stutler Jr., 66, was charged with a total of 28 felonies and misdemeanors in the deaths of Amy and Peter Jackson.
The Jacksons were five minutes from their Portage, Ind., home at the intersection of Highway 20 and Willowcreek Road on Sept. 19 when police said the car Stutler was driving crashed into the Jacksons’ motorcycle. The Jacksons were thrown from the motorcycle and killed. The incident was caught on video.
Family said the Jacksons were on their way to a date night.
The accident was witnessed by a Portage police officer.
Stutler pleaded not guilty and was released on the $7,500 bond on Monday.
"It was shock and disbelief, I mean $7,500 dollars for killing two people to get out of jail and enjoy his life for the next couple of months at least," Edward Monette, Amy Jackson's father, said.
The Jacksons, left behind five children ranging in age from five to 18. A GoFundMe account was set up to held the Jacksons' children.
"We were in the living room and we were holding hands. And we told the little ones that their mother and father weren’t coming back," Monette said.
Stutler has three previous convictions for drinking and driving, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was convicted in 1991, 2010 and 2014.
The Chicago Tribune also said Edward Monette, Amy Jackson’s father, was among the family members who attended the hearing. Monette told the Tribune the family would like to see Stutler charged with vehicular homicide.
Stutler also had his driver’s license revoked. If he follows the rules, he’ll remain out while on trial. His next court date is set for Dec. 10.