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BREAKING NEWS: Lovett bond decision delayed again

Friday, October 17, 2008

The man accused of murdering Tonya Pickett and her stepfather Rick Mustard in their home on Nov. 20, 1988, appeared before Clay Circuit Court today to find out he will not know if he can be let out on bond until Tuesday.

Judge Joseph Trout heard final oral arguments from the defense and prosecuting attorneys in the evidentiary portion of the bond reduction hearing for Brazil resident John Lovett, 37.

Lovett is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center for his alleged involvement in the 20-year-old murders after a Grand Jury handed down two formal allegations of murder in March.

Although Trout previously reviewed a large amount of Grand Jury testimony at the request of the prosecution and defense attorneys from Lovett's last court appearance in August, they requested he review more testimony before making a decision which could potentially set a legal precedent in Indiana.

Trout told the court at the end of the Friday's proceedings he promised to make a written decision as whether he will grant or deny Lovett's request for bond sometime Tuesday.

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