Shooting suspect Graham's bond set at $250K

Published On: Oct 09 2012 06:38:51 PM PDT
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

With 10 felonies and nine misdemeanors already under his belt, a judge set bond for Spokane shooting suspect Josh Graham Tuesday at $250,000.

Graham is accused of shooting his girlfriend in the face and then hiding from police for a week.

When he made his first appearance Tuesday, Graham's family was in court defending the man, who stands accused of shooting his girlfriend last week. When the judge presiding over Graham's first appearance read his criminal history aloud, which includes multiple offenses, his mother, Donna Hilliard, said, "I know it looks bad on paper. That's not my son."

And yet for eight days Graham was on the run from police. He started running on Oct. 1 when a SWAT team entered his home on East Everett Avenue after, according to detectives, he shot his girlfriend Justine Fry, in the face earlier in the afternoon.

Fry survived, with the bullet still lodged in the back of her head, and Graham remained at large until Monday, when the SWAT team cornered him in a home on West Cleveland. Now Graham, who just got out of jail in April, is back in jail facing assault and unlawful possession of a firearm charges.

"This time getting out he had hope. He wanted to do better for himself. He wanted a better life," Josh's brother Justin Graham said.

Justin Graham said the gun in his brother's possession he had only for self-defense against Fry's friends and her family.

"They actually kidnapped him and held him inside this house for three or four hours," Justin Graham claimed.

Graham's mother, Donna Hilliard, claims that's the reason why he also went on the run.

"Her entire family is looking to hurt Joshua. That is why Joshua was reluctant did not want to turn himself in," she explained.

With a battery of felonies and misdemeanors on his record, Graham was identified as a highly violent offender, which means even if he were able to post bond he couldn't return home or have contact with either his mother or Justine Fry.

"I'm devastated and I want to see my son," Hilliard said.

On Facebook Justine Fry claimed she still loves Graham, though according to a probable cause affidavit she did admit that he shot her.