'04 trespass suit against bail bondsmen settles

Amelia Flood Jun. 10, 2009, 5:39am

A case against bail bondsmen set for trial June 15 settled Monday, according to court documents.

Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian was scheduled to preside.

The case was brought in 2004 by Patricia Olson against Liberty Bail Bond Company of Morgan County, Ala. and two of its employees, William Garner and Cedric Coonrod. The Alton resident sought $50,000 in damages.

Olson claimed that the two bail bondsmen violated Illinois law when they crossed state lines to remove Olson's daughter from her home. Olson's daughter was wanted on charges in Alabama in 2003.

Olson claimed in her suit that the bail bondsmen should have known or knew that taking her daughter from the home was illegal under Illinois state law. She admitted she lied to them about her daughter's whereabouts and that her daughter had violated the terms of her release when she left Alabama for Illinois.

Olson's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the suit due to the settlement Monday. According to the dismissal notice, all costs had been paid.

J. Robert Edmonds is listed as attorney for Olson. Russell Meyer is listed as defense counsel in the court record.

The case is Madison case number 04-L-1004.

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