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Victim's Family Wants Murder Suspect's Bond Revoked

Posted March 6, 2008

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— Relatives of a Halifax County woman have started an online petition to get the bond of the suspect in her death revoked.

Courtney Hawkins is accused of shooting and killing Shinette Reshel McDaniel at her home on April 30, 2007, in front of her 4-year-old son.

Hawkins now lives a few doors away from the victim's family, relatives say.

He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and was in jail under a $500,000 secured bond until February. That's when Judge Milton Fitch Jr., a visiting judge from Wilson County, lowered the bond to $250,000.

In the petition, McDaniel's relatives said Hawkins' previous requests for reduced bond had been denied and that Fitch lacked necessary knowledge about the case when he reduced the bond.

"After failed attempts by the defense attorney for a bond reduction, in the presence of judges who were familiar with the circumstances of this case, he was finally given a bond reduction by a judge with no familiarity of the case," the petition said.

Halifax County District Attorney Bill Graham said his office opposed the bond reduction, but said bond decisions and what restrictions they include are at the judge's discretion.

McDaniel's family said she and Hawkins had been in a relationship, but had broken up at the time of her death.


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  • gmagirl02 Mar 7, 2008

    Oh, another thing, for those of you who hasn't seen my golo profile, and interested in knowing what Shinette looks like. The picture is of her, I wanted everyone to see the face of the angel that was stolen away from us.. Isn't she beautiful!!

  • gmagirl02 Mar 7, 2008

    I thank everyone who has read our story and has been inspired to sign the petition. Believe me it is very hard for my father to live a few doors from this man. He (the suspect) sits on the porch or stands in the yard like he's saying "What? I did it and what are you gonna do about it?" My daddy wants to know how does this man feel like he can walk around and sit on porches when his daughter can't do any of that. You can only begin to imagine what it feels like to see your parent going through the pain, I see in my dad everyday. With faith in The Lord, and all of you great people by our side, we will make it through this. Oh yeah, isn't this justice system we have great. Don't rob a bank, sell drugs, drive drunk, or fight animals, you get hard time. Kill someone, you see daylight again.

  • LaToyaShanelle Mar 6, 2008

    I didn't see the site's address to sign the petition so here it is! www.gopetition.com/online/17257.html

  • LaToyaShanelle Mar 6, 2008

    I am so upset about this situation. It seems to me that the proper rules and guidelines are not being followed: and that's not fair at all. Something is totally wrong with this: Sell drugs, drive drunk and kill an innocent person or persons or heck; skip jury duty and you get time behind bars and they seem to forget about you and lose the key, but KILL SOMEONE AND WALK FREE! Where's the justice in that? To everyone who reads this comment and all the others, please tell someone about this sad situation. We need all the help we can get. If we don't stand for something we'll fall for anything! Come on people let's be heard, and put this MURDERER! where he belongs!! Peace and Blessings:-)

  • methinkthis Mar 6, 2008

    The judge who allows an accused murderer to be out of jail should be fired! Are we stuck on stupid?

  • Dido Mar 6, 2008

    I could not even begin to imagine the thought of a man who murdered my child living a few doors down from me, roaming free.

  • billy Mar 6, 2008

    Lock him up.
    Impeach the Judge.
    Change some jucicial rules and/or laws.

  • mmafighterwife Mar 6, 2008

    That is bull!! How in the world can a person with a heart allow a bond to be lowered so the killer can roam the streets? Our system is so messed up, noone who commits such a crime as that should be allowed a low unsecured bond. My heart goes out for this victim's family. Hopefully justice will be served and soon and put this creep where he belongs.

  • fiesty Mar 6, 2008

    I live and Wilson and he must like to let murderers go free because we also have one free in out town that killed a bright, beautiful 18 year old girl. This girl's parents have to live with the fear of running into their daughter's murderer every time they leave their home. Let's hope he doesn't ever have to deal with a family members murder and then the added pain of the killer going free for him to see everyday. God bless the family and I will be signing the petition along with our group of supporters here in Wilson.

  • At Work Mar 6, 2008

    This is crazy I beleave whole heartly in an eye for an eye! And in front of her 4 year old daughter my god.