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12/20/06 - Nacogdoches

Tim Eubanks Has Bond Hearing

Accused murderer Tim Eubanks stands before a judge during his bond hearing on Wednesday, December 20, 2006. (KTRE News photo / Josh Ault) Accused murderer Tim Eubanks stands before a judge during his bond hearing on Wednesday, December 20, 2006. (KTRE News photo / Josh Ault)

by Donna McCollum

The defense has gone to work for Tim Eubanks. He's the man accused of murdering his wife, Tina Eubanks, one week ago in their Nacogdoches home.   Efforts were made to get Eubanks out of jail. The bond amount may be out of Eubanks' reach. Other inmates arranged plea bargains, but Eubanks was presented a $750,000 bond.

Eubanks arrived at district court like any other inmate, in jailhouse orange scrubs and bound with hand and ankle cuffs. Yet, all eyes were focused on him.   Before a gag order was put into place, defense attorney John Heath spoke about his expectations. "We have no illusions about the motion we filed. It's a step we have to take." In court, Heath commented any bond set above $200,000 might as well be ten billion.

District Attorney Stephanie Stephens cited the seriousness of the crime and the fact Eubanks left the scene of the crime for reasons to have a large bond. Eubanks' has lost a job, has no equity in his home, and has been declared an indigent. His family has arranged for his defense. Heath said, "A lot of advantages can be had when you have a person who is out on bond pending their trial. As far as Tim's personal safety, I mean, you can speculate. I know there are a lot of people that are angry about the allegations."

Immediately after his bond setting, Eubanks was arraigned on four additional charges. He faces three counts of abandoning his three children. According to police reports, Eubanks left them bound with duct tape at the Eubanks home after suffocating their mother with a pillow. He's also facing indecency with a child. According to police, the victim was one of three daughters left at the home.

Eubanks could receive help on a bond from his family or church. Strict stipulations are ordered. He cannot have contact with his children and their caretakers. A protective order was also submitted for Medical Center Hospital, where he was director of medical imaging.

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