Bail set at $100K for man accused of Palms shooting

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Bail set at $100K for man accused of Palms shooting

By Denise Wong. CREATED May 21, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Prosecutors asked the judge to set bail at half a million dollars for the man accused in the deadly shooting at the Palms.

However, the judge said that was too high, even though the suspect, Jim Johnson, is facing a first degree murder charge.

25-year-old Johnson looked very uneasy in court on Wednesday. He kept glancing at the row of family and friends who came to show support.

His attorney even pointed them out, as he asked the judge to set bail at a "reasonable" amount.

This comes just days after Johnson lost his close friend, rapper Evan Plunkett, who was shot during a party at the Palms. Police said he's the man responsible for his death.

Johnson's attorney said his client was actually trying to protect his friend after a fight broke out between Plunkett and another person, who raised a bottle. That's when he said Johnson reached for his gun.

"In the process of doing that, the gun discharged and fell to the floor. This is not a case where a gun was aimed at an individual and the trigger was pulled."

The prosecution argued Johnson had set up a scenario, where someone could have died.

"Video shows him sitting at a table with a large amount of marijuana on the table. Three firearms, apparently one that was loaded without a safety."

Eventually, Judge Sciscento set bail at $100,000.

The judge set Johnson's preliminary hearing for July 1. If he does make bail, he will be placed on house arrest.