Request for lower bond denied for Tyler salon owner | News
TYLER, TX (KLTV)- A request for bond reduction was denied for an East Texas salon owner accused of giving illegal breast enhancement injections in the back room of her Tyler salon.
Wednesday morning 39-year old Carmel Foster and her son took the stand making their case as to why Foster deserves a lower bond.
Foster told the court she has been a respectable business owner for the past 10 years, and that she is not a flight risk or a danger to the public.
"I've been an upstanding citizen in the community. I've done charity after charity for cancer survivors, battered women and children's shelters. I have a humanitarian award," Foster said.
Foster's oldest son testified that he and his brother had saved about $26,000 toward their mother's bond. But they said they needed help and couldn't find it anywhere.
"Every friend that I've possibly ever had, that was there for all the charities and TV and all the glitz and glamour over the years, nobody is there. No one is answering the phone," Foster said.
Foster told the court if she is released from jail she wouldn't leave the county. She said she has too much business to tend to with both her Tyler home and Queen Divas Salon past due on a number of bills.
"We heard nothing other than she would return to court," her attorney told Judge Kerry Russell.
The state argued, however, that her release came with a risk that was just too high.
They told the court that someone accused of injecting "a toxic industrial grade fluid" into peoples' bodies is a danger to the community.
"She has scammed multiple people in the past by promising things she couldn't ... promising dangerous things to these individuals. Don't let her scam this court here today," the prosecution said.
Currently, Foster's bond is set at a total of $200,000 for her two charges of practicing medicine without a license. In court, her attorney asked for a $10,000 bond but that request was denied.
Foster is now awaiting the trial that she says she's ready to get over with and behind her.
Judge Kerry Russell did tell Foster's attorney that he is willing to push Foster's case up in the court schedule as soon as he is ready to go to trial.
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