Bond Set for Capital Murder Suspect

A hearing Tuesday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court set bond for a man charged with capital murder in the 2009 death of Jerome Hearn.

Defendant Ricky Thomas has been held with no bond since his arrest in November.

However, Judge Lester Williamson Tuesday set bond at $50,000, because of delays in the case.

The March grand jury heard the evidence but did not issue an indictment. Instead it sent the case back to Meridian Police for further investigation.

"We see that the grand jury, they didn't have anything on him and they should release him," said Thomas' father, Ricky Cobb. "And they keep dancing around it and they know they don't have anything on him. This is the saddest thing I've ever seen right here. But I know this. He will be released."

"The bond was set too low for both the charges combined. But I'm also pleased at the same time that he's being held because of his probation or parole violations," said Hearn's sister, Christina Henderson. "So I'm pleased with the decision but I still feel the bond was set too low for both of the charges combined."

The judge said he does not have authority to make a ruling on the parole violation charge against Thomas, who is in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections in Leakesville.

District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell said the case against Thomas and a second defendant, Frederick Moore, will be presented to the August grand jury.

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