PRYOR, OK —
A Big Cabin man was in court Nov. 26 seeking bond reduction on lewd molestation charges.
Rick Murray, 55, was charged with two counts of lewd molestation of a minor under the age of 16 on Nov. 13. Murray appeared in Mayes County District Court before Judge Rebecca Gore to ask that his $250,000 bond be reduced.
Murray appeared with his attorney, John Dunn, who told the court his client is not a flight risk.
Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill said the bond is an appropriate amount. Hill pointed out the defendant has a house and family in California and therefore may be considered a flight risk.
“Therefore the state would request bond remain set at $250,000. Should the court choose to lower that bond, the state would request consideration of an ankle monitor or at the very least regular check-ins,” said Hill.
Dunn said the defendant would have no problems checking in on a regular basis should he post bond.
“Since he would have to pay for an ankle monitor if you went that route, we would request bond be set lower than $100,000,” Dunn said.
“Mr. Murray, I'm impressed you hired private council, we don't see that often. But you are looking at 20 years to life on each of these counts. I am taking into consideration the gravity of the offense,” said Gore.
Gore reduced the bond to $100,000 with the stipulation Murray obtain an ankle monitor immediately upon release. As another condition of posting bond, Murray was ordered to have absolutely no contact with anyone under the age of 16, related or not.