The defense team for a woman, charged with hindering the apprehension of a capital murder suspect, will attempt to have her bond reduced at a court hearing Wednesday morning.
Sierra Cook, 18, was arrested and charged June 20, in Morrilton, along with capital murder suspect, Lee Foster, 27. Cook is currently being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
Cook’s attorney, Frank Shaw, has argued that his client’s bond is “extremely high” for a class B felony, punishable by five to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
Shaw filed a motion for a bond hearing Aug. 8, four days prior to Cook’s last court appearance. However, both the prosecution and defense stated they were unable to notify possible witnesses for the hearing in such a short period of time.
The man Conway police say Cook is alleged to have helped evade police custody, is the accused in a fatal, Father’s Day double-shooting at at local motel. The June 16 shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. at the Conway Motel 6 at 1105 Skyline Drive.
Officers responded to the scene around 1:39 a.m., and found the surviving victim with a gunshot wound in the side. Police also located Quenton Alexander, 23, shot to death, lying beside a car in the parking lot.
Wednesday will mark the first time Cook and Foster have not appeared in court on the same day since their arrest and subsequent charges.
The Log Cabin Democrat has previously reported the two have been seen laughing and talking with one another at multiple court appearances. Foster has also been seen laughing and talking with other inmates, and has also stood up multiple times to gesture and whistle at certain audience members in the courtroom, during his multiple appearances.
The defendants’ actions have also been noticed by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Troy Braswell, who asked the court Aug. 12 to begin separating the court dates of the two defendants. Braswell cited the Alexander family has grown tired of observing the defendants’ actions while in the courtroom.
“They’re tired of seeing the capital murder suspect in their family member’s death, laughing and joking,” Braswell told the court.
Braswell’s request was granted by Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.
Foster’s next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9.
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