An area man was released from the Clay County Justice Center Wednesday on $200,000 bail.
John Lovett, 37, Brazil, was released from the center Wednesday after posting bail. He has been accused of the 1988 killings of Tonya Pickett, 16, and her stepfather Ricky Mustard, 32.
Lovett was granted bail in October. Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout ruled on Oct. 21 that Lovett was eligible for bail.
According to Trout's order at the time, the evidentiary review process indicated the state's circumstantially based evidence in the case was not sufficient enough to prevent Lovett from receiving bail.
In October, Trout ordered the $200,000 bond -- which had been established in April -- was to stand and that no 10 percent be allowed.
Special prosecutors Delbert Brewer and David Powell, along with defense attorneys Richard Kammen and Dorie Hertzel, filed joint approval last month for jury selection procedures to take place in Hendricks County. A trial date has been tentatively scheduled for Feb. 23, 2009.
A change of venue had been requested by defense attorneys in June earlier this year.
The request claimed the case was a "source of great controversy, rumor, gossip and innuendo" in the community.
Just days later, the prosecution indicated it had no objection to the trial jury being selected in another county.
Trout later agreed with the request.
In March, a Grand Jury handed down two formal indictments of murder for Lovett's alleged involvement in the 20-year-old murder case, which took place Nov. 20, 1988.
Both were found dead with gunshot wounds to the head.