Man accused of shooting, killing wife freed on bond - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man accused of shooting, killing wife freed on bond

Posted: Updated:
William Langston, 43, was released from 201 Poplar after a bond reduction. William Langston, 43, was released from 201 Poplar after a bond reduction.
William Langston told police he shot his wife after she grabbed a knife during an argument. William Langston told police he shot his wife after she grabbed a knife during an argument.
A teddy bear totem pole went up in the days following Kimberly Langston's death in late May. A teddy bear totem pole went up in the days following Kimberly Langston's death in late May.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man is out on bond nearly one month after police say he shot his wife in front of their young daughter. The victim's family now wants him back behind bars.

William Langston, 43, was released from 201 Poplar after a bond reduction. It is a reduction that his deceased wife's family believes should have remained out of reach.

A teddy bear totem pole went up in the days following Kimberly Langston's death in late May. It can be seen outside the home her husband, William, returned to following his release from jail.

Bernadette Sutton is Kimberly's sister. Kierra Becton is her friend. Both say their opinions are shared with many other members of the victim's family.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Sutton.

"He shouldn't be out. He shouldn't be out at all," agreed Becton.

William Langston is charged with voluntary manslaughter. He told police he shot his wife after she grabbed a knife during an argument.

"Whatever the argument was about, it should not have led up to that," added Becton.

William's bond was ultimately reduced from $1 million to $100,000.

Legal experts say bonds are not supposed to be a punishment. They are set based, in part, on a suspect's potential threat to the public and flight risk.

Kimberly's family has already contacted an attorney for advice on what else can be done.

"And were just asking the public to just keep us in their prayers," said Sutton.

The victim's young daughter is now staying with family members, not her father, as his case proceeds.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow