Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook made bail, and was released from jail in Baltimore City on Thursday, according to court records. Cook was being held on charges of vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, DUI and texting while driving in connection with the Dec. 27 Roland Ave. crash that killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo.
Despite a request to lower Cook’s bail on Monday, a judge maintained the $2.5 million total that was set on Friday. Aaron Mossman of Fred Frank Bail Bonds is listed as the bailbondsman in court records. Cook was at a treatment center in Havre de Grace when she turned herself in on Friday.
On Wednesday, top Episcopal Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton released a letter stating that the diocese would review the process by which Cook was elected as Bishop Suffragan in September.
UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun’s Justin Fenton got his hands on the court records, and reports that Mossman paid the bail after being issued a $35,000 check from St. Paul’s Cathedral Trust in America, Executive Director Mark H. Hansen of Millington, Md. Hansen agreed to pay $1,000 a month over 215 months to make up the rest.
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