Bond Reduction

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 12, 2010

Baker approves bond reduction for Nash

By Billy Davis

Bond has been reduced for a teenager accused of killing her baby.

Linda Nash, 16, remains in the Panola County jail, however, after her bond was dropped from $100,000 to $15,000, said her attorney, Tom Womble.

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Nash has been in jail since February 1, when authorities charged her with stabbing and killing her child at her parents’ home on Pope-Water Valley Road.  

Circuit Judge Andrew C. Baker ordered the bond reduction Wednesday after meeting in chambers with Womble and Assistant District Attorney Jay Hale.

Hale said he requested a mental evaluation of Nash, which was performed, prior to the bond reduction.

One criterion for a bond reduction is to ensure a defendant is not a danger to herself or to others, he further explained.

Nash has undergone two evaluations, one arranged by Womble and a second by the state.

Hale said the court must also determine that a defendant is not a flight risk.

Nash’s bond was originally set at $100,000 by Justice Court Judge Bill Joiner.

Womble said his client is now awaiting action by a grand jury.