Second bond hearing held for man accused of Hollywood woman's murder
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The man accused of killing an elderly Hollywood woman and stealing her car went before a bond court judge again Tuesday.
Jerry Lee Manigault was denied bond on a kidnapping charge in relation to Julia Mudgett's death. Bond for a strong arm robbery charge was set at $100,000.
But it was Mudgett's sister who pushed beyond the case against Manigault and pushed for criminal reform.
Walking with the help of a cane, Julia Mudgett's only sister Mimi Fie left bond court asking the public to do something about repeat offenders.
"I was appalled, I couldn't believe it. We have to do something, because it could be anywhere, this is something that happens to someone else, you know? Not to you," says Fie.
Documents show Manigault has a criminal record dating back to the early 1990s. According to the South Carolina Department of Pardon, Probation and Parole, Manigault finished his most recent prison sentence last month and was not on parole.
After court, Fie was asked if she had anything to say to the suspect.
"I couldn't say it on television, I'm of the old school eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, right now," said Fie.
Manigault was arrested last week in Bluffton by U.S. Marshals for failing to register as a sex offender. Days later Manigault was charged in Charleston County with the murder of Mudgett, whose body was found last week near her home on Toogoodoo Road in Hollywood.
A court affidavit states that Mudgett was beaten with an unknown object, causing her to lose lots of blood.
Sheriff's deputies also charged Manigault with strong arm robbery. They say he stole Mudgett's Hyundai Elantra, which was later recovered in Jasper County.
"The only comment, that I'm capable of making at the moment is to thank the people of Charleston and the church of the Latter-Day Saints. They have all been absolutely phenomenal, in their help at this time. And I think, what is important at this time is to develop the awareness of the community and of this type of crime," said Fie.
The memorial service for Mudgett is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the West Ashley Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.