Jack Redmon may be stuck behind bars until this summer after the court rejected his request for lower bond for the alleged stabbing of fellow businessman Mike Hale outside the VFW in August.
Redmon, 44, is set to stand trial June 29 on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault. The top charge of attempted murder could get him as much 25 years in prison if he is convicted, but he could be eligible for release on time served after his trial if he is convicted on the lesser count of aggravated assault.
Redmon is accused of stabbing Hale outside the VFW after the men had exchanged words and threats, their bad blood reportedly coming over Hale’s estranged wife, Brooke Hale, who Redmon was allegedly seeing at the time. Hale suffered stab wounds to the chest and midsection.
Brooke Hale is charged with the same crime but she is free on $100,000 bond. She is accused of swinging a motorcycle helmet at her estranged husband and chasing him along with Redmon during the attack. Mike Hale says he wants to get back together with his wife and has backed off on claims of her involvement in the VFW attack.
With Brooke Hale making bond, Redmon had hoped his bond would also be reduced when he appeared before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley for a bond reduction hearing. Redmon pointed out his time in jail has been devastating as a fire destroyed his residence while he was behind bars and that it was not insured because he was not available to work to pay his insurance.
Sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland testified during the hearing and pointed to evidence they have against Redmon. Prosecutors also cited the amount of time Redmon, who has a prior felony conviction in Florida, could face if he is convicted of attempted murder.
Judge Stanley decided to keep Redmon held under his present $300,000 bond, pending his trial in June. The bond is actually much lower than it was originally set. General Sessions Judge Bill Locke dropped the bond to $300,000 from its original $1 million mark. Redmon has been behind bars since August. His garage, once located on Main Street near Hardees, has been closed.