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A New York state soldier is free on bail in his murder case after a police chase on the Thruway ended last year following the death of an 11-year-old girl from Brooklyn.


Christopher Baldner was denied bail during his November 4 appearance. But during a hearing on Friday, Baldner’s lawyer argued that the court had overstepped when the soldier was reprimanded without bail, after which a state Supreme Court judge agreed to grant bail, Times Union told Monday.

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Baldner’s bail was set for $100,000 in cash or $300,000 in secured bonds. He granted bail later on Friday. She will be confined to her home before the trial and will be required to wear a surveillance bracelet.

According to the New York Attorney General’s office, which has jurisdiction over murders by police, Balder pulled over Tristin Goodes for speeding, then sprayed pepper on her. In December the cargo departed for a high-speed chase in Ulster County.

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The office said the cop allegedly rammed the minivan twice, causing it to overturn and killing Monica Goodes.

Baldner is also facing charges of reckless endangerment suspected of hitting another minivan during a chase in 2019, the newspaper said.