Awaiting a hearing

Anthony Jackson, at left, talks with his attorney, Adam Maniscalco, during a hearing Tuesday at the Calhoun County Courthouse in Anniston. Jackson is charged with murder. 

A judge on Tuesday reduced the bond for an Anniston man charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 24 stabbing death of another man outside an Anniston bar.

Anthony Tyrone Jackson, 57, was arrested Jan. 30 by Anniston police while already in jail on a charge of hindering prosecution, according to court records and police reports. The judge’s action Tuesday could make it easier for Jackson to leave jail while awaiting trial.

Ronald Lynn Young, 37, of Anniston, was pronounced dead outside the 50 Cent Bar on the 3100 block of West 12th Street at 3:45 a.m. Jan. 24. Young died from multiple stab wounds, according to the county coroner.

The warrant for Jackson’s arrest on the hindering prosecution charge states that he initially hindered the arrest of the then-unidentified killer of Young. The warrant also states Jackson disposed of evidence by placing a jacket in a wooded area.

Adam Maniscalco, Jackson’s attorney, asked Calhoun County District Judge Chris McIntyre to reduce the bond on Jackson’s murder charge from $300,000 to $50,000.

Maniscalco also asked that his client’s $200,000 bond on the charge of hindering prosecution be dropped to $50,000. That reduction had been agreed upon by prosecutors and defense, Maniscalco said.

Assistant District Attorney Tim Burgess argued against reducing the bond on Jackson’s murder charge, saying that prosecutors are awaiting the analysis of DNA evidence that he believes will make the case against Jackson “iron-clad.” Burgess said because of that, Jackson poses a flight risk.

McIntyre met both sides in the middle and reduced Jackson’s bond on the murder charge to $150,000 and on the hindering prosecution charge to $50,000.

Jackson also waived his right to a preliminary hearing, meaning a grand jury will later hear the case against him.

Jackson remained in the Calhoun County Jail on Tuesday.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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