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Bond slashed for three in VFW stabbing
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Bonds were reduced significantly Thursday afternoon by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke in the case of three people charged in the attack of local businessman Mike Hale in the parking lot of the VFW.“He stabbed him in his heart,” argued Assistant District Attorney Randal Gilliam in trying to convince the judge to keep bond against accused stabber Jack Redmon, 44, at $1 million. “That’s attempted murder.”Judge Locke, after hearing a couple of hours of testimony during the bond hearing, opted to drop the bonds against all three of the suspects in the Aug. 9 VFW attack that left Hale, 52, hospitalized for nearly a week with stab wounds to his chest and midsection.Redmon, who is accused of inflicting the wounds, had his bond dropped from $1 million to $300,000 after his attorney, Hilton Conger, argued he is a reliable businessman, respected local resident, father and grandfather, and Desert Storm veteran who served in the military for many years. He will be required to wear a GPS tracker if he makes bond and will be banned from having a weapon, leaving the area, or going around the victim.Co-defendant Brooke Hale, 33, estranged wife of the victim who was reportedly at the center of the feud between Redmon and the victim and is alleged to have hit her estranged husband with a motorcycle helmet during the attack, had her bond reduced to $100,000 from its former $500,000.