Ala. judge keeps bond in sex offender slaying

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CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce the bond amount for an Alabama man accused of killing the sex offender convicted of abusing the man's daughter.

Circuit Judge Gregory Nicholas ruled after a hearing Thursday that a lower court must consider the bond before he can intervene.

The Associated Press isn't using the suspect's name to protect his daughter's identity since she is a sexual abuse victim.

The man is charged with murder in the shooting death of Raymond Earl Brooks on June 8. He's also accused of shooting at a stepdaughter's boyfriend.

The defense argued during the hearing that the man is indigent and can't afford a cash bond now set at $141,000.

Prosecutors told the judge the man is a threat and should remain jailed.

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