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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.

Click here to read more at the Galveston County Daily News.

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