Sep 27, 2007

(CNN) -- Mychal Bell, a black teenager accused of beating a white classmate and who was the last of the "Jena 6" behind bars, was released from custody Thursday after a juvenile court judge set his bail at $45,000.

Mychal Bell, 17, is accused with five others of beating Justin Barker in a school fight.

Bell's release followed an announcement from LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters, who said he would not appeal a higher court's decision moving Bell's case to juvenile court.
Bell's attorney Lewis Scott said the teen was moved from jail to a juvenile facility earlier Thursday.

The paperwork for Bell's bail was being worked out, the Rev. Al Sharpton told CNN earlier Thursday.

Walters said his decision not to appeal was based on what he believed is best for the victim in the case.
Bell's legal troubles might not be over. He can still be charged in juvenile court.
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  1. Two different stories of someone's child, two different endings.

    Jubilation for Bell, deep sadness for that poor girl's family.

  2. Well, once again we receive some part of justice. I am praying that this young man receives the justice in the juvenile court and be released for the time he has already served.