Alleged Union Hill shooter released on bond

Eric Driver Jr.
Eric Driver Jr.

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond college student accused of killing a man police say was breaking into a car is out of jail Monday night.

25 year old Eric Driver was released on a $30,000 bond. Driver got out of the jail around 2:30 Monday afternoon after spending four days behind bars. Not wanting to talk about last week's shooting in Church Hill, Eric Driver hid his face as he left the Richmond City Jail.

"He's holding up amazingly well considering the pressure he's under, not only the case itself, but his graduation is 22 hours of courses he's taking and all kinds of exams right at this very time," said Driver's attorney John Luxton.

Driver is taking classes at VCU, but will graduate from Virginia Union. He's charged with second degree murder in the death of 24 year old Jamal Hollman. Police say Driver caught Hollman breaking into his girlfriend's car. Hollman was not armed. But Driver's attorney says that does not matter because Driver thought his life was in danger.

"He's not defending the fact that his girlfriend's car was broken into although she was clearly traumatized seeing a man with a mask in her vehicle," said Luxton.

NBC12 learned Monday this wasn't the first time the girlfriend's car was broken into. It happened earlier that day.

"They woke up that morning and the car had been broken into. They spent the rest of the day trying to maneuver it around so it wouldn't be further damaged," Luxton said.

Luxton says the girlfriend was heading out to get the car fixed when she saw a man with a mask sitting inside.

"She hollers and screams and he's not sure what's going on." said Luxton. "He runs out and sees the same person and what happens, happens."

What happened next will come out in court. In the meantime Driver is out on bond and has a 9:00 p.m. curfew, except on the evenings he has class.

"With these conditions we set with regard to bond. We think that will satisfy the safety of public and we don't think he's a danger once those conditions are met," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Johnson.

Driver will be back in court in June for a preliminary hearing. He's supposed to graduate from Virginia Union on May 9.

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