Husband of Lisa Graham not liable if she forfeits bond

benw@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 4, 2014 

Lisa Graham, center, leaves the courtroom following the hearing Wednesday regarding the mistrial in the capital murder case against her. 07.03.13

ROBIN TRIMARCHI — rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

Kevin S. Graham, the estranged husband of murder-for-hire suspect Lisa L. Graham, apparently will not be held responsible if the Phenix City woman forfeits her bond, a Circuit Court judge has ruled.

Judge Jacob A. Walker III ruled on Jan. 28 that the court record does not indicate that he is a responsible party on the defendant’s bond. The husband filed a request with the Russell County Circuit Court on Dec. 27 to have his wife’s bond revoked after the co-owner of joint property on Westside Court died on Dec. 15.

“The request from Mr. Kevin Graham to be released from the defendant’s bond is moot,” Walker wrote in his order. “The record in this case does not indicate that Mr. Kevin Graham is a surety on the defendant’s bond. Therefore, it does not appear he will not be held responsible if a forfeiture event occurs.”

The husband claimed the property on Westside Court was used to secure bond for Lisa Graham, who is charged with capital murder in the death of their 20-year-old daughter, Stephanie Shea Graham. Lisa Graham, 46, is accused of hiring a family worker, Kenneth Walton, to kill her daughter in July 2007.

After spending more than five years in jail, the defendant facing two counts of capital murder was released on total bonds of $250,000 in January 2013. The bonds were made through AAAa Bonding of Phenix City as the surety.

The estranged husband also alleged that the defendant violated conditions of her bond. The judge stated the district attorney’s office has not had an opportunity to investigate these claims, but the information was given to Russell County District Attorney Kenneth Davis in open court.

During the Jan. 27 hearing, the bondsman for Lisa Graham told the court that he has not observed any issues and has not received any negative reports from the company administering the electronic monitoring system. The judge also noted that Drug Court Coordinator Tommy Powell stated the defendant has faithfully attended and passed all drug screenings.

“Until further motion is filed by a party to this case, the court will not take any action on this issue,” Walker wrote.

Represented by Margaret Y. Brown and Robert Poole, the defense for Lisa Graham informed the court that she may not be able to afford the electronic monitoring fees in the near future. A request to amend this condition of the bond was denied.

The defendant’s case has been appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court on whether giving Lisa Graham a new trial constitutes double jeopardy. The judge declared a mistrial on Sept. 25, 2012, because of failing health.

Davis said Tuesday that he hasn’t heard anything from the Supreme Court on the case. Another bond review hearing is likely in the coming months pending the outcome of the court’s decision, the judge stated in his order.

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