Accused killer Michael Curry gets bond - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Accused killer Michael Curry gets bond

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Michael Curry, the man accused of murdering his wife and children with a bush ax in 1985, faced a Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Tuesday.

The 51-year-old  stayed quiet and still in the courtroom as District Attorney Julia Slater and public defender for Curry Bob Wadkins faced off on the issue of a change in venue.

The case was set to go to trial in three weeks but Wadkins says it wouldn't be a fair one if it's held in Columbus.

Wadkins says local news coverage of the case has affected potential jurors.

Judge John D. Allen didn't rule on the issue Wednesday but says for the most part, he thinks media coverage of the case has been balanced and not enough for him to move the trial somewhere else in Georgia at this point.

He also said that over the twenty four years since it happened, the community may have changed and people who lived here when it happened may not be here anymore.

The judge says it's "likely" the court will wait until potential jurors are interviewed to see if the pretrial publicity has had any impact on their outlook on the case.

Allen did move to give Curry a $300,000 bond that comes with certain conditions.

"It's been a long time and he has not committed any crimes, so I'll give a bond as follows: $100,000 bond for each victim, GPS tracking instant time that the defendant will pay for. He's home-confined except for work, church and medical," the judge said in court.

"If you get a bondsman, you pay ten percent or a little more but you don't ever get that money back and I doubt very seriously that someone is going to put thirty thousand dollars up they'll never get back for Mister Curry," Wadkins added.

Wadkins says upon his release from jail, Curry would live with his mother in Columbus.

He had been living in Dalton, Georgia when he was arrested in May.

Curry's lawyers are also filing another motion, contending that he was arrested back in 1985 after the murders but wasn't indicted until 24 years later.

They say U.S. Supreme Court case law and other supporting cases hold that to be against his constitutional right to a speedy trial.

Five of the 11 counts on Curry's indictment have been dropped due to the statute of limitations.

He now faces six counts of murder- 3 counts of malice murder and three county of felony murder.

©2009 WTVM. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly