Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill granted a $100,000 bond to Loren Shell-Blackwell. A Hinds County grand jury indicted her and Walter Lee Young for capital murder in the death of 81 year-old Lee Kendrick last October. Judge Weill's order states:
This cause came on for consideration by the Court on the Defendant's Motion to Reduce Bond on the charge(s) of Capital Murder (16-0-146-01) and Auto Theft (16-0-146-02). Having thoroughly considered the Defendant's motion, the Court finds that the motion is well-taken and should be GRANTED, as the Defendant is currently pregnant. The Court may reconsider the issue of bond upon the birth of the Defendant's child.
Kendrick was murdered at the Edgewood Apartments in a vacant unit. JPD accused Blackwell of luring Kendrick to the apartment after she met him in Pearl at Romantic Adventures. She was arrested and charged last October. County Court Judge Melvin Priester, Sr. allowed her to remain free on house arrest and a $1,000 bond, since she was pregnant, over the objections of prosecutors Young is the cousin of her boyfriend. Earlier post about hearing, murder, and copy of transcript.
Blackwell's arraignment was held yesterday. Judge Weill revoked her bond in April and she is currently incarcerated at the Hinds County Detention Center in Jackson. She is still in custody at the Hinds County Detention Center.
Kingfish note: Did Blackwell get pregnant again? She was free for several months until Judge Weill revoked her bond in April. Now Judge Weill is granting bond because she is pregnant. Huh?