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Accused killer has bond reduced
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Marty Judd waves to a family member following his preliminary hearing.

The primary suspect in the shooting death of Rebecca Mooneyham over 10 years ago was granted a bond reduction during his appearance in Circuit Court.

Marty Lynn Judd, 51, is accused of killing Mooneyham, 46, as she slept in her living room. The case went cold for over a decade until Judd’s own son provided a written statement to authorities. Judd was charged with criminal homicide in October. 

Judd has been held at Warren County Jail under a $2.075 million bond. During his preliminary hearing, defense attorney Daniel Barnes argued his bond should be reduced, but Judge Bill Locke disagreed and kept it unchanged.

In Circuit Court last Wednesday, Judge Bart Stanley granted his bond be reduced to $1.6 million. If Judd does make the lowered bond, he must wear a GPS monitor, and is not allowed to be within 2.5 miles of the victim’s home.

“I think it’s appropriate for the bond to have been reduced,” says Barnes. “A $2 million bond is never suitable for anyone who doesn’t have millions of dollars. It’s unnecessary and is there to punish these individuals, although it’s supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.”

Dennis Judd, the suspect’s son, reportedly gave a written statement to investigators on Oct. 17, 2019 telling authorities his father allegedly confessed to taking cover in bushes in front of a home on Lawson Mill Road and shooting a female one time through a window.

Chief Deputy Bo Ramsey testified a TBI analysis of a bullet fragment found at the scene indicated the gun used in the shooting death of Mooneyham was a Russian rifle, a Mosin Nagant. An investigation of Judd’s home revealed eight Mosin Nagants, along with a large quantity of rifles, handguns and a fully automatic Colt AR-15.

Judd is charged with first degree murder and possession of prohibited weapons. A jury trial has been scheduled for Sept. 1.