The UNC-Chapel Hill tree arsonist has been released on an unsecured bond of $1 million dollars.
The tree arsonist was identified in November as Joshua Daniel Edwards. Edwards attempted to light a tree on fire on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus using an incendiary device. During the attempt, Edwards was captured on cell phone video stripping off clothes and yelling, “Hail Satan!”
Edwards has been charged with six felonies. The list of charges includes assembling a weapon of mass destruction, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, filing a false police report, setting fire to grass or grassland, and malicious use of explosives to inflict injury, use of explosives to damage property.
Herald Sun reported on Edwards release:
Joshua Daniel Edwards, 25, of Durham, was released to his parents’ custody after District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett set bail at $1 million unsecured Monday. Edwards originally was held under $200,000 secured bail, which would have required his family to post the full amount through a bondsman or with cash or property.
The unsecured bond did not require Edwards’ family to post any money, but they do have to meet several conditions, including being under the 24-hour supervision of his father, attending all his mental health appointments and court hearings, checking in regularly with Orange County’s pretrial release program, and staying away from UNC’s campus except when seeking medical treatment.His father potentially could be held in contempt of court if he doesn’t meet the supervision requirements.
The article continues, stating that Edwards’ parents know he has a mental condition and are going to be seeking treatment for him in Winston-Salem.