Hinds County Court Judge Melvin Priester, Sr. reduced the bond of Loren Shell Blackwell to $1,000 today at a preliminary hearing. JPD charged her and Walter Lee Young with capital murder in the death of Lee Kendrick.
JPD arrested her in September. Judge Priester placed her on house arrest if she makes bond. The case has not yet been submitted to the grand jury.
The victim's body was found at Cedarstone Apartments in a vacant unit on September 2. The cause of death was a gunshot wound. Law enforcement sources said his body was in a compromising position and it was clear that the unit was used for prostitution even though it was vacant. His family had issued a bulletin looking for him as he had disappeared.
*Shell was seen in a convenience store video in Mr. Kendrick's car after his murder. She left that car and got into another one at the gas station. News reports state the victim's car was later recovered in Jefferson County.
Kingfish note: Possible flip?
Update on Kendrick case.
Accused killer of Lee Kendrick now in custody.
Arrest made in Kendrick murder.
JPD looking for suspect in murder.