A Florida man accused of traveling across the country in March to brutally attack a man dating his former girlfriend has been granted a $1 million bond.
A Cook County, Illinois judge set the bond for Justin Foster, 28, of Tallahassee, on Thursday for the attack, which happened in Des Plaines, Illinois. Initially, he was held on no bond since his arrest in August, but the Thursday decision could indicate that a trial is close, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Foster is accused of driving to Atlanta so that he could fly to Chicago, where he rented a car and drove to Des Plaines to confront a 26-year-old man who was dating his ex. Prosecutors claim Foster attacked that man on the street, hitting him in the head with a tire iron before cutting off his penis and throwing it over a fence, the Chicago Tribune reports. He’s also accused of carving initials into the victim’s leg. The bloodied victim was left behind a parked car. He survived the attack after a citizen found him and was able to get him transported to a hospital. He has suffered permanent brain damage stemming from the incident, the Tribune reports.
Foster allegedly drove back to the airport and flew back down south after the attack, according to the Des Plaines Patch. He was arrested and transferred to Illinois in August and brought to Cook County in late September.
In court on Thursday, Foster’s defense attorney Jack Friedlander said there is no physical evidence tying his client to the crime.
[Photo: Des Plaines Police Department]