LU assault suspects appear in court
Judge takes bond under advisement
Thursday, April 05, 2012 8:39 PM
Two former Presbyterian College football players accused in the sexual assaults of three Lander University students appeared Thursday morning at Greenwood County Courthouse.
A bond hearing took place Thursday for two men accused of assaulting three female Lander students last month. From left are Cameren Jones, Joe Watson, Druanne White, Bobby Henderson III and Andrew Hodges. (Chris Trainor | Index-Journal)
Cameren Keaton Jones, 19, of Mauldin, and Bobby Charles Henderson III, 19, of Orlando, Fla., have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, first-degree burglary and kidnapping in connection with the March 21 alleged incident.
The suspects were in court Thursday for a bond hearing before Judge Thomas Hughston. Each suspect previously had bond set at $60,000 on the sexual conduct and kidnapping charges, but a circuit court judge has to set bond on any first-degree burglary charges.On Thursday, Hughston did not set bond on those burglary charges, instead choosing to take the issue "under advisement." He will set bond at a later time. Eighth Circuit Solicitor Jerry Peace said there is no firm timetable as to when the judge could set bond.
As of Thursday afternoon, Jones and Henderson were still being held at Greenwood County Detention Center.
The two suspects have retained high-profile defense attorneys.
Jones is being represented by Greenville's Joe Watson, who is the former 13th Judicial Circuit Solicitor and a former circuit court judge. He now specializes in criminal defense and personal injury law.
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