Mid-South family outraged as murder suspect freed on bail

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South family is upset because a murder suspect managed to walk the streets for months before being put behind bars.

Torrance Peete was stabbed to death in the parking lot of a Covington apartment complex.

Silvia Flowers, Peete's cousin, watched it happen.

As he turned around, he braced himself on the door and jabbed the knife in him" Flowers said, "and when he jabbed the knife in him, it broke off in him."

Torrance Peete's alleged killer, Leonard Currie, was charged and indicted for the murder, but family members were furious when they saw Currie walking the streets not long after his arrest.

Peete's aunt, Carolyn Cleaves, was shocked to find Currie was out on bail.

"They let him out for fifteen hundred dollars.  It's like Tony didn't matter," Cleaves said.

The district attorney said Currie's original charges of first degree murder were lessened to voluntary manslaughter because the judge determined Peete's murder was a crime of passion.  The two men were fighting over another woman.

An investigation revealed that deputies arrested Currie just over a week ago on a weapons charge.  He is set to stay in jail until his trial.

Leonard Currie was indicted on second degree murder charges in November.  His trial is set for March.  If convicted, he could face 15 to 25 years in prison.

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