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Bond set in Mobile Mardi Gras fatal hit-and-run

MOBILE (AP) — A judge in Mobile on Thursday set bond at $7,500 for the 23-year-old man charged in the Mardi Gras death of a 5-year-old girl.

Emotions ran high both inside and outside the courtroom as Mobile County District Judge Judson Wells set bond for Joshua Smith, the Press-Register of Mobile reported on its Web site Thursday.

Smith was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident. Police say he ran over Jlexus Lee as the girl headed home after an afternoon parade on the last day of Mobile's Carnival.

Police say Smith then tried to flee and hit a nearby parked car. Witnesses were able to restrain Smith until police arrived.

Further charges could be filed against Smith depending, in part, on the results of blood test taken shortly after the incident.

Smith's lawyer, Jeff Deen, said he expected the test to show that his client was not under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.

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