Judge adds random drug testing to Lisa Graham's bond conditions in murder-for-hire case

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 15, 2013 

After a Friday morning bond hearing, a mother who allegedly ordered another man to kill her daughter can expect random drug testing in addition to traveling and living restrictions already placed on her.

Although Lisa Graham has not tested positive for drugs outside of anti-depressants she has prescriptions for, Judge Jacob A. Walker III recommended Graham be submitted to random drug testing on Feb. 15 in the Russell County Judicial Center, similar to how cases would be handled in a drug court.

"She could have before we come back this time, it may be three tests, it may be one test, it may be five tests. You just don't know," Walker said. "And if someone wants a hearing in reference to results, a written notice needs to be filed.

Graham has been court-ordered to only visit at either her husband's or her grandfather's house, according to Susan Abercrombie, who owns both an electronic monitoring company called Surety and Abercrombie Bonding.

"I have a 24-hour, 7-day a week person who monitors," Abercrombie said. "She was to be in at her residence at 7 p.m. She could not leave Phenix City, only to attend something in the neighboring county with her attorney."

Abercrombie said the only alerts she has received from Graham's ankle bracelet were low battery notifications.

Graham was jailed in July 2007 on a capital murder charge for the death of her daughter, 20-year-old Shea Graham. The daughter's body was found in a pool of blood and urine with multiple gunshots off a rural road off Alabama Highway 165. She allegedly asked Kenneth Walton, who worked for her husband, to kill her daughter after frequent family conflicts. Authorities also said Graham feared her daughter would jump bail on charges involving a drive-by shooting in Columbus, according to a Sept. 21, 2012 Ledger-Enquirer report.

"I told you that child would ruin my life, didn't I?" Graham said of her daughter during a video-taped conversation with her husband, according to the article. "She's dead and she's still haunting me."

Graham's case ended in mistrial in September, 2012. She was released on a $250,000 bond in early January. A hearing is set for May, with a trial date set for June 22.

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