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An accused killer is free on bond just over a year after committing the crime of which she is accused.

Police believe Myeisha Brown killed Ruxin Wang as he was taking out the trash in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood in South Nashville. Wang died from two gunshot wounds, one to the stomach, another to the leg.

Friday, Brown walked out of jail after posting $10,000, enough for release with a $100,000 bond. Crowdsourcing funded the money in a Cyntoia Brown-inspired campaign. The fundraising and release is disheartening to Wang’s family.

“If we can have one violent criminal stay off the street, that's benefit to the community,” said Yun Wang, Ruxin’s son. “It's unfortunate that some organization is using a deceitful campaign to raise the fund.”

Brown has the support of both family and members of the community including Stacia Freeman, leader of EPIC Girl. Freeman spearheaded the fundraising efforts.

The murder arrest was not Brown’s first. She also had a car theft arrest and a conviction for domestic violence. She was just 16 at the time when police believe she killed Ruxin.

“In a case like this, you always file a motion to reduce bond,” said defense attorney Leah Wilson. “A lot of times especially if there's weapons involved, the judges are just not inclined to reduce bonds.”

Judge Cheryl Blackburn reduced Brown’s bond from its original $200,000 to its current $100,000.

“Despite the outcome, I think she's very understanding and she trusts the justice system, but nothing is going to bring my dad back,” Yun said.

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If someone is arrested for another crime while out on bond, the defendant must serve the sentence for the new and old crimes consecutively, one on top of another.

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