Comer in Court

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Angela Comer has been in jail for nearly nine months. The former middle school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student then running away to Mexico with him wants to see that changed. Wednesday she appeared in Judge Eddie Lovelace's courtroom with her attorney appealing for a bond reduction.

"We felt like it was oppressive and under the Constitution we felt like it should be reduced," said Johnny Bell, Comer's attorney.

"It's our position that the bond that is set is reasonable judge. If the court does decide that she deserves a lower bond we would seek the home incarceration aspect of it," said Clay Hunley Jr. Monroe County Commonwealth's Attorney.

The defense recommended Comer be released to her aunt and uncle's home for home incarceration. Judge Eddie Lovelace did not make a ruling on the bond. He said a home inspection would have to be completed before he could make a decision.

"I will say hanging over the case like the proverbial sort of Damocles is the fact that she did flee at one time," said Hon. Eddie Lovelace.

Bell said that Comer is no longer a flight risk because she does not have a car or the financial means to leave the area. Bell also says that since Comer has not committed a violent act they feel the bond of $875,000 is oppressive and therefore unconstitutional.

A competency hearing for Angela Comer has been set for October 4, in Burkesville. Bell says he does not know if that will have any effect on Judge Lovelace's decision to reduce her bond.

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