Teen charged in stabbing death of popular D.C. chef out on $250K bond

Kempton Bonds, left, and Tyonne Johns, right. (ABC7 file photo)

There were tears and gasps of anger inside the courtroom today when a judge granted bond for 19 year old Kempton Bonds, accused of second degree murder in the death of Tyonne Johns. The judge denied bond last month, but he says he reconsidered after watching and hearing cell phone video of the events leading up to the stabbing.

Johns, a chef, was working a wedding at a park in Centreville, where Bonds- a former Fairfax County parks employee- was managing the property. Tensions were high all night, with witnesses saying Bonds disrupted the party by turning off the power and taking down decorations, ultimately leading to a dispute over folding chairs.

The arguing continued, leading to the moment when police say Kempton Bonds pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Tyonne Johns. Bonds’ attorney says his client was scared, under attack, and acted in self-defense, arguments that clearly resonated with the judge.

But friends and family of Tyonne Johns can’t understands the ruling, “I just feel that it’s a gross miscarriage of justice and we believe the trial is going to get justice for Tyonne”, said friend Bishop Allyson Abrams.

Kempton Bonds was released from jail Thursday afternoon but had no comment. He must remain on house-arrest as part of the release. Bonds is due in court for a pre-trial hearing on October 31.

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