Authorities charged Samuel Lee Scott with murder in the horrific slaying of his wife, mere hours after a nonprofit organization posted his bail – for assaulting his wife. 

Upon his release, Scott went to their residence and viciously murdered her.

Blue Lives Matter’s Holly Matkin reports:

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was arrested for domestic abuse on April 5, after he allegedly beat 54-year-old Marcia Johnson, injuring her cheekbone and ear, the Associated Press reported.

Scott also allegedly told Johnson that the “might as well finished what [he] started since [she] was going to contact the police,” the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office wrote in a probable cause statement.

On April 9, the court granted Johnson’s request for an order of protection, and he was notified that he was prohibited from going to her residence or within 300 feet of her, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Later the same day, the St. Louis Bail Project posted Scott’s $5,000 bail.

Court documents state that around 11 p.m. a friend found Johnson bleeding profusely with severe head trauma and several broken bones. 

Johnson died less than a week later from her injuries.

“The Bail Project is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system,” according to the group’s website. “We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.”

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