After 25 days in jail, a $500,000 bond was set Friday for an in-house attorney charged with murder in connection with what the state calls a road rage incident and what the defense characterizes as a traffic accident.

The decision by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kevin Farmer followed a nearly 2½-hour, emotional bond hearing in a packed courtroom where two very different pictures of Bryan K. Schmitt of Sandy Springs were painted. One where the U.S. Army captain veteran and now associate corporate counsel and director of contracts at supply chain and technology company Manhattan Associates is a consummate gentleman who is always thoughtful and respectful of others and never prone to anger or aggression. The other of a rageful man whose violent actions left two young adult daughters, still reeling from the death of their mother just a year before, in tremendous fear of the man they said ran down their father with his car.

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