Murder-for-hire case: Lisa Graham's estranged husband wants her bond revoked

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 3, 2014 

The estranged husband of Lisa Graham is going to Russell County Circuit Court to try and revoke the bond of the woman facing a capital trial in the murder-for-fire shooting of her daughter.

In a request filed Thursday, Kevin S. Graham is asking Judge Jacob A. Walker III and the district attorney to revoke the bond of Lisa Graham because he is now the lone survivor of joint property used to post her bond. A bond hearing is set for 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Russell County Judicial Building.

Kevin Graham and Warren Thompson were joint owners of property on Westside Court in Phenix City when Lisa Graham was released from Russell County Jail on Jan. 3, 2013, on a $250,000 bond. The 46-year-old woman had been jailed since July 2007 when she was accused of hiring Kenneth Walton, a family worker, to kill her 20-year-old daughter, Stephanie Shea Graham.

Kevin Graham was left the sole owner of the property when Thompson died Dec. 15. "This property was used to post bond for Lisa Graham," he said in a statement to the court. "I want no part of her bond and I want my name and property released from the bond."

Under the terms of her bond, Lisa Graham is unable to leave Russell County. She must submit to random drug testing, live at her mother's home in Ladonia and submit to an ankle-monitoring bracelet.

The husband also claims that she is violating the terms of her bond because she is no longer living with a relative due to Thompson's death. She has two computers and a cellphone, he said.

Margaret Y. Brown, Graham's defense attorney from Auburn, Ala., said Friday that she is aware of the hearing. "The judge has been having periodic bond reviews and that's all that hearing is," she said.

Russell County District Attorney Ken Davis was unavailable for comment.

Lisa Graham's case has been appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court on whether giving her a new trial constitutes double jeopardy.

Judge George Greene abruptly declared a mistrial on Sept. 25, 2012, because of failing health. Walker denied a motion from defense attorneys to dismiss the case based on double jeopardy.

The double jeopardy claim also was denied by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in October, prompting a ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court.

Greene, 63, retired in early December as a Russell County Circuit Court judge. He died a month later on New Year's Day after battling a series of medical issues for years.

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