Bond reduction denied for man charged in death of pregnant ex-girlfriend

Bond reduction denied for man charged in death of pregnant ex-girlfriend
Harrison Cole English.

BUTLER COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - A bond reduction has been denied for a man charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

A Butler County District Judge denied 19-year-old Harrison Cole English's request for a lower bond in court Tuesday. English remains in jail; his bail is set at a half million dollars.

English's bond hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, based on real-time, electronic state court records. Two hours prior to the hearing, authorities confirmed English appeared before a judge earlier that morning, around 9 a.m.

Information and evidence connected to a district court case is generally shared at bond hearings by both sides, to argue for or against the current bond, information WSFA 12 News felt was important to our viewers.

At last check, no one at the Butler County Courthouse had answers about why the hearing was moved up without notice.  Employees in the clerk's office weren't aware English had already appeared before a judge. The District Attorney's Office said they couldn't comment on the case, as D.A. Charlotte Tesmer was out of the office for the afternoon. No one was in the office of District Judge J. McDonald Russell.

Messages were left on Tesmer's cell phone, and the number listed in court records for English's appointed defense attorney, Carl Sellers.

At 3:52 p.m., roughly two hours after this story was published, Tesmer called to say the time change was "strictly a scheduling conflict" among attorneys, and the victim's family was notified.  It was not apparent if any future scheduling conflicts would be noted in court records to allow the public an opportunity to attend.

According to court documents, English admitted to investigators that he and his ex-girlfriend Maura McCoy were arguing about her pregnancy when he reached into the backseat of his vehicle for a golf club, bludgeoned McCoy to death, and dragged her body into the woods in Butler County.

English is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in August.

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