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Bond pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of estranged wife

Robert Bond, 53 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) Robert Bond, 53 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
Annie Bond, 46, went missing Thursday, Nov. 14. (Source: Family photo) Annie Bond, 46, went missing Thursday, Nov. 14. (Source: Family photo)
Bond's charred remains were discovered November 18 in a remote wooded area of northern Webster Parish, near Bayou Dorcheat, four days after she went missing. Bond's charred remains were discovered November 18 in a remote wooded area of northern Webster Parish, near Bayou Dorcheat, four days after she went missing.
BENTON, LA (KSLA) -

The Bossier man accused of killing his estranged wife and discarding her remains in Webster Parish before fleeing the state in November has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Robert Bond, 53, had been charged with second degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Annie Bond, which would have guaranteed life in prison without parole if convicted on that charge.

Instead, he pled guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter at a status hearing Tuesday morning in Bossier Parish District Court. Manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 40 years in prison at hard labor. Bond's attorney Randall Fish says his client does expect a "lengthy" prison sentence. 

According to Fish, prosecutors accepted the plea bargain from Bond in exchange for his acceptance of responsibility for Annie Bond's murder. In accepting the plea in court Tuesday, Judge Mike Nerren said, "The reduced charge does not take away from the seriousness of the crime." 

Annie Bond's charred remains were discovered November 18 in a remote wooded area of northern Webster Parish, near Bayou Dorcheat, four days after she went missing. Police tracked Robert Bond to a rest stop along I-10 in southern Mississippi the morning after Annie Bond's remains were found. Police say Bond then shot himself with a .22 caliber handgun as officers approached.

While motive will not be discussed in detail until the sentencing hearing set for July 22, Fish did say that his client had been under a lot of pressure at the time and "just snapped and lost it." 

The plea might not please everyone, Fish says, "but we feel it was a proper resolution to the case, hopefully everyone can get closure." 

"There were a lot of things in a trial that would have came out and be painful for the family," Fish explains. "That was one of the reasons why Robert Bond wanted to save his friends and family the pain of listening to all of the details."

Still, some details were revealed during Tuesday's hearing. Bossier Parish Assistant District Attorney Lane Pittard described the crime and the evidence discovered following Annie Bond's disappearance. Piattard said police found blood in the utility room of the couple's home, which led them to search the master bedroom. There, they saw stained carpet, which led them to believe that was where Robert Bond fatally wounded his estranged wife. Police have said her remains were too badly burned to be sure how she was killed, and Bond has not said.

However he did it, investigators believe he then tried to clean up the blood stains with bleach. 

Some of Annie Bond's family members cried during the hearing. Others refused to look at Robert Bond.

Robert and Annie's son Alex, introduced himself to Fish in the elevator after the status conference. Alex shook Fish's hand with tears in his eyes said, "Thank you."

Family and friends of the Bond family declined to comment.

Bond's attorneys previously asked a Bossier Parish judge to have local doctors examine him to determine his sanity both currently and at the time of the crime. He was found competent to stand trial in April.

A trial date had not been set when Bond made the plea. 

Judge has asked members of Robert Bond's immediate family and 2 members of his extended family to speak at the July 22 sentencing hearing.

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