Russell Co. mother granted bond in alleged murder-for-hire

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – A Russell County woman accused of hiring a man to kill her daughter has been granted bond.

A judge gave Lisa Graham a $2,000,000 bond on her capital murder charge and $25,000 bonds on two new charges officials say stem from her time in jail.

Those new charges are tampering with a witness and bribing a witness.

Assistant District Attorney Max Smith would not release the identity of the witness, saying it is an ongoing court case.

Graham faces the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the 2007 shooting-death of her daughter Stephanie "Shea" Graham.

The co-defendant in the case, Kenneth Walton, is accused of shooting Stephanie and dumping her body along a county highway.

District Attorney Ken Davis says Walton made confessions to police after he was in custody about how he and Graham had plotted the murder, both over the phone and at the Columbus Public Library.

Graham and Walton remain in the Russell County Jail.

A trial date has not been set. Graham's case was scheduled to go to trial on March 1, 2010, but was postponed due to renovations at the Russell County Judicial Center.

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