The man accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a shooting at an Orlando office where he once worked made his first appearance in court Saturday, and was ordered held without bond.
Jason Rodriguez, 40, said little more than his name during the two-minute proceeding.
Judge Walter Komanski said the court found probable cause and factual basis for Rodriguez' arrest and said he would be held without bond on a first-degree murder charge.
Now, I realize I'm often seen as soft on criminals, but when someone does something so crazy and is immediately charged with First Degree Murder, I wonder if it's right.
According to the charging affidavit, the fatality occurred when Rodriguez entered the suite, pulled a handgun from a holster under his shirt and shot twice at an employee who was standing near the receptionist's desk.
He then entered a common work area "firing multiple rounds and causing injuries to several other employees," it says, citing a witness.
To me that sounds extremely crazy. Is someone who does that not the very description of "temporarily insane?"
During the frightening episode several employees recognized him from two years earlier. When he was taken into custody he said, "I'm just going through a tough time right now, I'm sorry."
What's your opinion? Do you think we might be a little too quick to hold mentally ill people accountable for their crimes? Could that be part of the reason our prisons are so overcrowded?
I say a guy like this, and many others, should go straight to the mental hospital. What's your opinion?
By the way, did you notice he pulled the "handgun from a holster under his shirt." What does that sound like to you?
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