FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The homeless man charged with starting the fire that caused the Interstate 85 bridge collapse returned to court on Monday.
Basil Eleby has already pleaded not guilty to arson as it pertains to the March bridge collapse.
The judge ultimately agreed to keep him out of jail by making his bond conditions stricter.
Eleby has been out on bond since this summer.
The conditions for Eleby, who was homeless, have included seeking gainful employment, going through random drug-testing during his stay in unspecified housing.
He was also ordered to stay away from two places: The actual collapse site and anywhere the state’s witnesses may be.
Those witnesses include two other homeless people, who were originally charged alongside Eleby before offering their account of the fire, saying he’d smoked crack cocaine before lighting a chair on top of a shopping cart.
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