By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia judge has reduced bail from $10 million to $750,000, with house arrest, in the case of the so-called “Black Madam,” who has allegedly injected women with substances — suspected industrial-grade silicone — that caused serious injury and possibly death in at least one instance.
Prosecutor Bridget Kirn objected to the lower bail, arguing that 42-year-old Padge-Victoria Windslowe is clearly a danger to the community and a flight risk — a flight risk based on evidence she has used multiple names or aliases.
But defense attorney Christopher Mannix contends that the aliases are a result of her former musical career — she had stage names including “Black Madam” — and because she’s transgendered.
If she makes bail, Windslowe will be held under house arrest at her parents’ house on 62nd Street in Philadelphia, and she will be tracked with an electronic monitoring device. As a condition of her bail, she was also ordered to stay away from syringes, needles, and crazy glue.
Mannix says he is satisfied with the court’s decision.
“Well, at this point, with the pending charges — and we haven’t even had a preliminary hearing yet — house arrest is reasonable,” he told KYW Newsradio after this morning’s court proceeding.
Windslowe is charged with aggravated assault in connection with an alleged injection last month (see related story). That woman was hospitalized and still on oxygen. Windslowe is still under investigation in connection with a death last year at an airport motel (another related story).