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Bond set at $750K for man accused of killing Columbus schools chief

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Muscogee County Superior Court Judge has issued a bond for a Columbus murder suspect but it doesn't look like he'll be getting out of jail anytime soon.

Kareem Lane is charged in 1992 stabbing of James Burns, a Muscogee County School District superintendent at the time. Lane was a student at Shaw High School. He was arrested and charged in the cold case this past May, eighteen years after the crime.

Police say they have new DNA evidence linking him to the murder weapon but a motive in unknown.

In a hearing Tuesday, prosecutors asked for a $1 million bond for Lane, calling him a flight risk and "transient."

Lane's attorney, Stacey Jackson, said he has never avoided or hid from authorities since the 1992 killing. Jackson says Lane has no prior criminal history and poses no threat.

Judge Frank Jordan granted Lane a bond Tuesday, setting it at $750,000.

"We're very pleased.  I think its an appropriate amount for the charge and it accomplishes what bail is supposed to accomplish which is to ensure that he will appear back in court," said Assistant District Attorney LaRae Moore after the proceedings.

"We don't expect Mr. Lane to make bail because we feel that the bond was too excessive. Looking at the limited resources of his wife- obviously Mr. Lane lost his job after being arrested- his wife with very limited assets with only $1,500 plus a car there is no way they can make bond at that amount," Jackson said.

Moore says the District Attorney's Office is preparing the case to go before a Muscogee County Grand Jury but can't yet say when that will happen.

If Kareem Lane does post bond, Judge Jordan says Lane must pay for an ankle monitor with GPS tracking. He is also prohibited from traveling outside of the metro Atlanta area, except to meet with his attorneys and cannot have any contact with the victim's family.

Lane's family had no comment after court Tuesday.

The Burns family declined comment as well.

Lane, a former Marine and soccer coach, is being held in the Muscogee County Jail.

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