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Woman is denied bond

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


A woman charged in connection with the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found in a burned Daewoo hatchback in 2011 will remain in jail.

Henry County Circuit Court Judge David V. Williams on Monday denied a motion to set bond for Kayla Mae Bowman, according to Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Nester.

The bond hearing was held in Williams’ chambers at the request of defense attorney Roscoe Reynolds.

Bowman, 22, appeared briefly in court Monday before the hearing.

She was indicted in 2012 on one count of carjacking and one count of concealing or compounding evidence of a felony in connection with May 23, 2011, incident in which the remains of Amanda Massey, 31, and Robbie Lawrence, 33, both of Stuart, were found inside the burned Daewoo hatchback on Willie Craig Road in Bassett.

The two were killed before the Daewoo was set on fire, authorities have said. The slayings took place on one part of Willie Craig Road, and the Daewoo then was moved to another part of the road before it was discovered around 5:30 a.m. May 23, 2011. Dental records were needed to identify the bodies inside the burned vehicle.

Also in connection with the deaths, Darius Taylor Younger, 22, was indicted in October 2012 on three counts of capital murder, three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of murder, one count of robbery, one count of use of a firearm in the commission of robbery and one count of maliciously shoot into an occupied vehicle.

Younger remains jailed. His case next will be considered in May, court records showed.


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