LAMPASAS — A man charged in the Jan. 27 shooting death of a Copperas Cove resident received a bail bond reduction Friday morning, from $100,000 to $20,000.
Donnely Frank Richey, 27, is one of four defendants charged with murder and indicted for their alleged roles in a shooting earlier this year that killed Curtis Lee Shed, 43.
The bond reduction motion was heard and approved by 27th District Court Judge John Gauntt.
Richey appeared in court to request his bond be lowered to $10,000.
His attorney, Paul Lepak of Belton, filed the motion so Richey could more easily afford to post bond and be released while awaiting trial.
Richey sent the request several months ago in a handwritten note to the judge, expressing his desire to return home to help support his wife and two children.
“It’s kind of a bizarre case. It’s a little bit unclear as to who the players are and what actually took place, but there are four defendants charged with the same incident,” LePak said Friday.
“My client, Mr. Richey, was charged with two counts — murder and aggravated assault — for the one indictment.” LePak said Richey paid an initial amount toward his bond and was released; however, he was placed back into custody on the aggravated assault charge.
A second defendant in the case, Frank James Muns, 31, also appeared in district court Friday for a pre-trial hearing. Muns’ pre-trial hearing was reset for Oct. 25 and his case is scheduled to go to a jury trial Oct. 28, according to court officials.
In January, deputies with the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting a shooting had taken place and someone had been killed.
Both Muns and Richey were charged with murder, as well as two other defendants, Bobby Ray Stratton, 23, and Jason Lee Martell, 39. Investigators found Shed’s body in the rear seat of a Chevrolet Malibu sedan Jan. 27 with apparent injuries consistent with a gunshot, according to a sheriff’s office report issued in January. The vehicle also had evidence of gunshots.