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At the end of the court case, the money is returned to the bail bond company. If a defendant absconds, the bond company forfeits the money.
In the case of a death, a bail bond company typically will provide proof of death to the court and the bail money is released.
Deputy Salt Lake County District Attorney Joseph Hill said someone who is released on bail generally doesn’t have restrictions placed on them unless a judge orders them. Hill said he recalls 3rd District Judge Judith Atherton ordering Peterson to have no contact with the alleged victims, but no other restrictions — including possessing firearms — were mentioned.
Hill said he felt the $2 million bail — which was upped from $750,000 after Peterson was bound over on the charges in August — was appropriate to hold him at the jail.
"A lot of time in homicide cases, we don’t have bail set by the court that high," he said. "I think it was the best we could have hoped for. I just don’t think there’s anything else we could have done to have a higher bail."
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