Judge denies reduced bond for Hudson murder suspect

Timothy Malone mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Timothy Malone mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County district judge denied a reduced-bond request for a New Waverly man charged in the May murder of a Hudson man.

It's been nearly three months since a bullet was fired into Joel Gresham's right leg and his best friend, Terry Adams, was shot to death.  Friday, he was in court listening to Timothy John Malone, 34, say it was all in self-defense.

"I think there were a number of individuals out there trying to elevate what was already a bad situation," said defense attorney Bryan Cantrell.

It was a graduation party that turned sour. Malone claims Adams and Gresham attacked him and he "...responded accordingly."

Malone said he overheard two guests talking at the party that made him believe they were going to steal his motorcycle, but a witness said they were just joking.

However, Malone, a diabetic, said he had been drinking and was laying down in the house. He said he heard an engine rev and thought it was someone stealing his bike. The defense claims Malone had a black eye, bruises, and a puncture wound on his shoulder. Malone admits to shooting them, but said he was trying to protect himself.

"You reach for a gun you can expect something bad will happen and you stab somebody, you can expect something bad to happen," said Cantrell.  "I hate that this man lost his life, but he really should've thought that through."

"In no way at all do I think that he provoked, so this guy using self-defense, it blows my mind," said Wendy Bryan, a friend of Terry Adams.

The defense attorney said Malone can't make his $200,000 bond and asked the judge to reduce it to $10,000. However, Malone is on his way back into custody, his request denied.

Judge Paul White explained that his bond had already been released from $250,000 so he decided not to reduce it again.

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