Attempted murder suspect almost goes free; Senator outraged

Timothy D. Taylor and Joseph B. Whiteside Jr.
Timothy D. Taylor and Joseph B. Whiteside Jr.

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A state senator said Tuesday that he is outraged that an attempted murder suspect was given a get out of jail free card by a Charleston County magistrate.

The suspect, 27-year-old Joseph Whiteside Jr., is accused of shooting an employee last Saturday during a robbery at the McDonalds on Ironclad Alley in Mt. Pleasant.

Court records show that Judge Patricia Hensley gave Whiteside a $50,000 personal recognaissance bond at his bond hearing on Monday.

"If they demonstrated a willingness to shoot someone in an armed robbery attempt, they are a risk to society and should not be let out on a personal recognaissance bond," state Senator Chip Campsen.

Whiteside didn't get a chance to leave jail. On Tuesday, he went before magistrate Linda Lombard for an armed robbery charge in connection with Saturday's incident. Judge Lombard set bond at $500,000.

Judge Hensley did not return our calls for comment.

Whiteside's alleged accomplice, Timothy Taylor, posted $30,000 bond on an armed robbery charge.

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