That's how much the family of Joseph Patterson paid to get their son out of jail while he awaits trial.
He's accused of beating 2-year-old Tyrese Ruffin.
And it raises several questions about bonds and how they work.
KSFY News spoke with a bond agent about the process.
There could be several reasons why Patterson's family chose to pay the court the full $750,000
Part of it could be strategy to prove good faith that he'll show up for court.
But that could also be a risk anyone might take.
Joseph Patterson is accused of killing Sioux Falls toddler Tyrese Ruffin while in his care earlier this month.
Monday, his bail was lowered from $1 million to $750,000.
We spoke with a bail bond agent who says some people decide to go with a bondsman, and just pay ten percent.
But when Patterson's family posted his bond, they paid it in full, and in cash.
Bail bond agent Shelly Wallman said "if he doesn't show up for court then they're going to lose that money. If they were to use a bondsman and pay the ten percent, which is $75,000, that stays with the bondsman. So it's either, they're going to lose $75,000 by paying a bondsman or they're going to get all their money back by knowing that their son is going to show up for court.
Wallman tells us Patterson's family should get most of their money back as soon as he's done with court.
The state may take some fees out of the bond but that's part of the gamble.
Pay ten percent and lose that no matter what or if you can come up with it, pay the full amount and hope the person you posted bond for doesn't jump bail.
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