Audio recordings show judge conflicted about releasing accused cop shooter without bond

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 6:42 PM Updated:

Audio recordings of the last court hearing in Sarasota for Wisner Desmaret show the judge was conflicted in releasing him without a bond.

Ultimately, Judge Stephen Walker asked Desmaret to prove he would take his medications upon his next hearing on Aug. 16.

Desmaret is the suspect in the shooting of Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller on July 20, just two days after he was released from jail.

Sarasota based psychologist Dr. Mary Kasper evaluated Desmaret and said he was competent to stand trial for cocaine possession charges.

She noted that no hospitalization was required but that he had a history of not taking his medication.

"I'll make this clear," Judge Walker said.

"Dr. Kasper indicates 'I am concerned that he is repeatedly non-compliant with his medications and that he may decompensate yet again without medication compliance.'"

The Assistant State Attorney rattled off Desmaret's long list of arrests in Lee County and argued for a $1,500 bond.

But none of his Lee County felony arrests led to a conviction.

"The concern that we have is that there is, we don't have any convictions," ASA Sterbinsky said.

Judge Walker expressed his reservations about releasing Desmaret.

"If I'm releasing him I will make it a strict order of his release that he comply with his medication. I don't know how we're going to enforce that but if he doesn't take his... I'm gonna... I will take from him his free will to decide whether or not he's going to take medication and if he doesn't take his medication it will be a violation of his supervised release," Judge Walker said.

"I don't know if I can do that, but that's the only way I will consider some type of release on this," Walker said.

"I'll take it, sir. I'll take my meds. I've been taking them," Desmaret said.

"You have been taking it? For how long?" Walker asked.

"For since I've been back. Cause when I was in..." Desmaret replied.

"How do you feel?" Walker asked

"I feel better. The paranoia came down," Desmaret said.

"That's great. Do you believe that's because of the medication?" Walker asked.

"Yeah. Because when I don't take it, I feel like the whole world is out to get me," Desmaret said.

Desmaret's sense of paranoia is reflected in previous letters he sent to Judge Walker.

Judge Walker discussed several options for how to ensure Desmaret would take his medication.

A request for urine analysis to test for his medication was said not to be possible.

In the end, Walker ordered Desmaret to prove to him he would take his prescription medications.

"I'll order that he be placed back on high supervised release. I will order that he provide proof or a list of all his prescribed medications and that he provide some form of verification to supervised release that he is in compliance," Walker said.

They set a hearing for Aug. 16.

"If you fail to comply with that sir I'll revoke your release. Good luck to you," Walker said.

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