The man accused of murdering his father near his Oak Grove home late last year appeared in court for the second time this week this morning.
A bond hearing was held for 56-year old Darrell Tidwell, with the defense asking Judge John Atkins to reduce his bail from 250-thousand to 50-thousand dollars. An interview with pre-trial services concluded with officials deeming him a minimal flight risk, but the Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor brought alternative evidence.
Ms. Pryor entered letters from three family members of Tidwell, including his son that said they would be in fear for their well-being if he were let out on bond. The defense argued Tidwell would be closely monitored and the writing family members were in other states.
Ms. Pryor also said the autopsy results had come back on 86-year old Kenneth Tidwell of Carter Road, which she says show that the victim was shot by someone firing at a downward angle. Ms. Pryor says she believes that’s evidence Darrell Tidwell was an aggressor and not acting in self-defense.
Ultimately, Judge Atkins denied the motion to reduce bond due to Tidwell being a risk to the public and to his self. Tidwell has been in the Christian County Jail since November.