Brenda Troyer, who was the alleged getaway driver for the suspected shooter of Pierce County Deputy Daniel A. McCartney last year, received a bail reduction from $2 million to $25,000 on June 5.
The reasoning — put forth by Troyer’s attorney, Phillip E. Thornton — was that Troyer still had four months of incarceration left before her trial, which would amount to 22 months in state custody before she had her day in court, according to court documents.
“This court has heard the basic outline of the charge and evidence the state possesses against Ms. Troyer,” Thornton said in the document. “Ms. Troyer has a strong case for actual innocence. She should not have to spend 22 months incarcerated pending trial in this matter.”
In January of 2018, McCartney, a Yelm resident, was at the scene of a reported home invasion on the 5100 block of 200th Street East, near Fredrickson, according to Nisqually Valley News reports.
Dispatch said they heard screaming and sounds of a disturbance at the scene. When McCartney arrived less than six minutes later, gunfire broke out that would eventually prove fatal for McCartney, who died after being transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
McCartney left behind three children and a wife named Cierra, according to a Tacoma News Tribune article.
Frank William Pawul was given life in prison without the possibility of parole by Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend, the News Tribune states. He pleaded guilty to aggravated first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and unlawful gun possession.
Troyer is currently living with her mother in Mossyrock, Washington, under electronic home monitoring.