A state circuit judge Thursday set a bond of $100,000 for Kierin Dennis, the Lexington High School graduate accused in the stabbing death of a Dutch Fork High student last winter after a tension-filled basketball game between the two schools.
The stabbing of Da’Von Capers, 17, of Irmo, happened Feb. 17 in a parking lot near the Cookout, a Lexington teen hangout. It happened less than an hour after Dutch Fork had come from behind to win by five points on Lexington High’s home court.
Judge Tommy Russo set the bond at the Marcus Westbrook Judicial Center in downtown Lexington on a motion by Dennis’ lawyer, Todd Rutherford of Columbia.
The judge ordered that Dennis stay mostly at home, leaving only to attend church, show up in court and visit his lawyer’s office.
The motion for bond was opposed by 11th Circuit assistant solicitor Rick Hubbard.
Efforts to reach Hubbard Thursday were unsuccessful.
Rutherford argued that Dennis did not pose a danger to the community and was not a flight risk.
Several dozen Dennis relatives and friends, including members of his church, attended Thursday’s hearing.
After the hearing, Rutherford said he will seek to have a hearing on whether Dennis can use a “stand your ground” defense and argue that Dennis should not have to stand trial because he was defending himself in a place he had a right to be.
At a Feb. 27 hearing, Judge William Keesley found that Dennis was “a danger to the community” and denied bond. Dennis has been in the Lexington County jail since that time.
At that hearing, Rutherford told the judge that Dennis was sitting in his car when he felt threatened by a group of teens, one of whom was Capers.
At some point, Dennis — allegedly acting out of fear – is accused of grabbing a 4-inch knife he had on his lap and stabbing Capers.
“He did not mean to kill Mr. Capers,” Rutherford said.
Rutherford said he expected Dennis to make bond by Thursday evening.