Bond set for suspected mastermind
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 12:57 AM
Bond has been set for a woman said to have masterminded a murder-for-hire plot in Abbeville last year.
Court records show Karlita Phillips, a 40-year-old Greenwood woman, had her bail established at $150,000 cash or surety during the weekend. The bond issuance, which was listed on a state judicial website Monday, shows Circuit Court Judge Donald Hocker made the ruling late Friday.
Hocker set several stipulations to his bond order, prohibiting Phillips from going within 100 yards of the victims’ residence and limiting her to house arrest. If she is able to post bond, the defendant must stay with her children’s grandmother in McCormick County and is disallowed from using alcohol or drugs, according to the court order.
Phillips faces charges of person over the age of 18 years old using a minor to commit a violent crime and accessory before the fact to a felony -- to wit murder. Both are felonies. She was arrested in December and booked on the former charge. An Abbeville County grand jury handed down an indictment last month against Phillips on the latter count, a capital offense that could carry the underlying penalty for murder -- 30 years to life in prison -- if convicted.
The charges stem from a March 25, 2013, shooting along Old Douglas Mill Road during which Jamil Phillips, a 30-year-old Abbeville man, was gunned down on his parents’ front porch as he returned home from work. According to investigators and family members, a gunman ambushed him as he slid his key into the front door of the residence.
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