Family of murder victim says accused killer's bond was set too low

Family at Brown bond hearing

The family says the couple had been together for over 10 years. Now, Brown is in jail, but $5,500 can get her out, since she only has to post 10 percent of her bond. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 17, 2012)

News 12 First at Five / Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiffany Brown is the woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend only 12 days ago. What the judge decided at Friday morning's hearing is not sitting well with the victim's family.

"I'm not happy with it 'cause I'm thinking -- they always gonna see her. I'm never gonna see my little brother no more," said the victim's brother, Carlos Craig.

The victim's family was disappointed after a judge set bond at just over $55,000. The family says they were hoping she'd get no bond.

"I really feel like the $50,00 bond was just a slap in the face," said the victim's aunt, Carrie Anderson.

Family members say it adds to the pain of an already devastating situation after the death of Ollie Anderson III.

Early on the morning of Aug. 5, Richmond County deputies responded to the Gordon Motel Apartments to find Anderson stabbed to death. Brown, his girlfriend and mother to their 5-year-old daughter, turned herself in that day.

The family says the couple had been together for over 10 years. Now, Brown is in jail, but $5,500 can get her out, since she only has to post 10 percent of her bond.

"She's got this kind of freedom. My nephew is gone for the rest of his life, 27 years old, the rest of his life is gone, but she can get out for $5,000? That's just a drop in the bucket. I mean, that's absolutely nothing," Anderson said.

Investigators say the couple was fighting the night of Anderson's death.

On Friday morning, the prosecutor said the pair had a history of domestic violence. He also said Brown stabbed him after he broke her laptop and hit her in the mouth earlier that night. Brown looked upset as she stood listening to a recount of that night.

Family members of both the victim and suspect filled the courtroom. No one from Brown's family wanted to talk on camera, but Anderson's brother says his family is hoping for justice.

"'Cause our family always gonna see her, regardless. They gonna hug her, and I ain't never gonna get to hug my brother or touch my brother no more," he said.

This is Brown's first arrest. She's facing murder and weapons charges. The judge says he set the bond for that amount because he believes she's not a severe threat to the community and poses no flight risk.

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