Palmer teen accused of killing friend has violent past
Prosecutors say a Palmer teen charged with fatally shooting his friend last month has a history of gun violence, and are seeking to have his bail increased.
Jordan Flowers, 19, was arraigned on Tuesday on counts of first-degree and second-degree murder – in addition to one count of manslaughter and three counts of assault. He is accused of shooting another 19-year-old, Gunnar Swan, in the neck while sitting behind him in a Jeep Patriot in the early hours of Jan. 27.
Flowers' bail was set at $100,000 when he was previously arraigned on the manslaughter charge.
Although his defense attorney said Tuesday that the bail has been paid, he was not immediately released.
Prosecutors have requested a bail hearing, saying they are concerned, in part, with the teen's juvenile record. In court Tuesday, they told a judge that in 2016 Flowers held a loaded gun to his mother's head and threatened to pull the trigger.
The state wants to increase his bail and has requested at least $500,000 cash corporate and Pretrial Enforcement Division monitoring, with a search condition for firearms.
Last week the victim's mother, Monika Swan-Armitstead, posted on Facebook to mourn the loss of her son.
"I can’t pretend that I know how to process a first degree murder charge myself. I’m angry, I don’t understand, and I just want my son back," Swan-Armitstead wrote. "I keep wishing I could have taken his place, keep wishing I could have stepped between him and (the) bullet. But nothing can change this now. I have full confidence in the people handling the legal side of this, and I believe justice will be served."
She added that she hoped Flowers would "learn to love himself, love others, and go and do incredible things with his life."
"I don’t want vengeance, I want healing and change," she wrote. "I want every one of our kids to be safe from here on out. That’s what I want."
Flowers has a bail hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Monika Swan-Armitstead's name. This has been amended.
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