YORK, S.C. (AP) — A judge refused to allow a man charged with murder after his aunt died of a heart attack after a Christmas home invasion to get out of jail while awaiting his trial.
Jackie Ray Childers Jr. was in court in York County on Wednesday asking for bond in the Dec 25 attack on his aunt and uncle in their Hickory Grove home, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.
Childers and two other people beat up his aunt and uncle, made his aunt take off her clothes and tied them both up, prosecutors said.
Sarah Childers, 72, died a few days later of a heart attack caused by the stress and injuries from the home invasion prosecutor Matthew Shelton said.
The group stole money, guns, jewelry, a car and other items. They were arrested several weeks after the attack when one of them tried to sell a gun stolen from the home, Shelton said.
Jackie Childers was not involved in the attack, his lawyer said Wednesday, asking for bond.
A judge refused, siding with a prosecutor who said Childers showed he was a flight risk running from police for weeks and is a danger to the community because he has a criminal history of more than a dozen convictions that date back two decades.
Childers, 38, is charged with murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, burglary, conspiracy, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
The other two defendants in the case are also being held without bail.