Father charged in toddler’s death granted bond

Posted at 3:47 PM, June 21, 2023

By: Penny Kmitt, Madeline Miller

HAMPTON, Va. (Scripps News Norfolk) — Cory Bigsby, the father of missing Hampton 4-year-old Codi Bigsby, was granted bond on Wednesday, June 21.

Cory Bigsby appears in court.

Cory Bigsby was granted bond as he awaits trial on charges he murdered his 4-year-old son. (Penny Kmitt/WTKR)

He was granted $80,000 total in bond by Judge James Hawks. His bond approval comes after previously being denied bond several times.

Cory’s lawyer, Amina Matheny-Willard, said the decision was long overdue.

“Where he stands right now, he is not guilty of any crime,” she stated after court on Wednesday. “Just like the judge said, we’re innocent until you’re proven guilty. That’s what’s supposed to happen in this country.”

When asked if she viewed Hawks’ decision as a win for her and her team, she responded, “No because it’s a year later late and he’s been through a lot. He’s been through a lot he shouldn’t have had to go through. So no, it’s not a win.”

Earlier this month, Cory was indicted on murder charges connected to Codi’s death. Court documents accuse Cory of murdering his son in June 2021, seven months before he reported him missing in January 2022.

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The indictment marks the first time someone was formally accused of playing a role in Codi’s death, although Cory was already in custody for child abuse charges unrelated to Codi’s disappearance.

Matheny-Willard and the Bigsby family is maintaining his innocence.

photo of codi bigsby

FILE – Codi Bigsby (Hampton Police via WTKR)

“We don’t believe Codi is dead until we see a dead body,” said Cory’s uncle, Glenn Hinnant. “That’s our belief.”

“And my plan as our defense attorney is to find Codi before trial, that’s my goal,” added Matheny-Willard

Matheny-Willard said Cory will essentially be on house arrest while he stays with his eldest daughter who lives in Norfolk. The judge set the following conditions: Cory cannot leave the City of Norfolk (or the state), he will have electronic monitoring, he has a curfew of 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. and he cannot leave the house except for meetings with doctors and his attorney.

Bigsby will appear back in court on Aug. 25 for a mental competency hearing where the doctors that treated him are expected to testify. If declared competent, Bigsby is expected to stand trial for Codi’s murder sometime in October.

This story was originally published on June 21, 2023, by WTKR in Norfolk, an E.W. Scripps Company.