DICKINSON — A judge on Monday lowered the bond of a teenage murder defendant, but his attorney claims he stabbed a man in self-defense.
Judge Lisa Burkhalter granted the bond reduction for Jaaron Alexander Nealy, 19, who was charged with murder in the May 8 fatal stabbing of Jason Thomas Whetstein, 30.
Court documents reveal Nealy had been in a mental hospital in 2011 and exhibited signs of schizophrenia, manic depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD.
Nealy’s attorney, Jyll Rekoff, said her client has never been diagnosed with a mental disorder but had borderline ADHD. Nealy also had no history of violence, she said.
Burkhalter granted Rekoff’s motion Monday morning in Galveston’s 212th District Court, lowering Nealy’s bond from $100,000 to $40,000. Nealy was not listed as a county jail inmate Monday afternoon.
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