Teen charged in Raleigh murder granted bond

The 19-year-old agrees to cooperate with prosecutors in case of slain mother Melissa Huggins-Jones.
May 8, 2014 1:33:39 PM PDT
Nearly a year after she was arrested, a judge agreed Thursday to set bond for a 19-year-old woman charged in the high-profile murder of a mother of two.

But it's not likely Sarah Redden will get out of jail anytime soon. Bond was set at $1 million.

Redden has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. She had asked for bond to be set at $250,000 so she could go home to her daughter after months in jail with no bond.

But Judge Donald Stephens told her if she wanted to see her daughter, she should have thought of that before deciding to associate with bad friends.

Stephens said she would be safer in jail until she testified in the other cases and they were settled.

Redden was 18 when 30-year-old Melissa Huggins-Jones was found beaten to death on May 14, 2013 at her apartment in Raleigh's North Hills community. The mother of two's 8-year-old daughter discovered her body.

Police said Huggins-Jones had just moved to Raleigh from Tennessee for a job when she was killed in a random burglary.

Redden is charged with murder in the case along with Ronald Lee Anthony Jr., 24, and Travian Devonte Smith, 21.

Huggins-Jones' mother - who came from Wilmington for the hearing - said she hopes Redden remains in jail and will be instrumental in the cases against Anthony and Smith.

"I hope that she cannot make bond and that it is probably going to be safer for her to be in jail," said Dawn Sevey Wallace.

Judge Stephens said he wouldn't have set bond without assurance that Redden will cooperate with the state. He called the crime "outrageous."


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