A Superior Court judge this morning set a $50,000 bond for a woman charged with murder in connection with the Oct. 25 slaying of Calvin Lee Jones. Chief Judge John Allen granted the bond for Cynthia Sanders, of Seale, Ala., defense attorney Stacey Jackson said.
Sanders, 50, faces one count of murder, but Jackson has argued that she acted in self-defense. Police said Sanders stabbed Jones in the chest with a kitchen knife during a struggle.
According to testimony, Jones threw a table lamp at Sanders and grabbed her arm during a struggle, causing bruising to her right arm. Sanders’ daughter had been in a relationship with Jones for about a year, according to testimony.
Jackson argued during a Recorder’s Court hearing Oct. 29 that Sanders had “no duty to retreat” as Jones approached her and that she had the right to defend herself. Jackson requested the murder charge be dismissed or reduced to voluntary manslaughter.
Judge Michael Joyner, however, found probable cause that a crime had been committed and bound the case over to Superior Court