Angelina County judge says no to bond reduction request for murder suspect

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County State District Judge Barry Bryan has denied a motion to reduce bond for Kendall Jo Thompson, charged with murder in the January shooting death of a Lufkin man.

Thompson's bond was originally set at $100,000.

Police arrested Thompson and her boyfriend, Elton Gibson Jr. in April in the shooting death of 63 year old Joseph Cooper.  Investigators said Cooper was shot in the chest after he heard gun shots near his home and went outside to investigate.

In denying the bond reduction request, Judge Bryan also adopted all of the original bond conditions set they the Justice of the Peace and he added the conditions that if Thompson makes bond she has no access to any communication device, that she must stay at her mother's house unless she has a court date, and if she leaves she is required to get permission, and she is to have no contact with the co-defendants, or the victim's family members.

An affidavit reveals jailhouse conversations explaining Elton "June" Gibson's plan to protect Kendall Thompson, but it appears things fell through.

District Attorney Clyde Herrington said Thompson's case could go to trial in October.  At least four other people face charges related to this shooting incident.

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