Bond was lowered Monday for Samantha JoDale Kolley, the Elizabethtown woman who was seen fleeing the scene of an apparent homicide in Buffalo on Dec. 30.
Kolley, 19, who has been indicted by a LaRue County grand jury on a charge of theft by unlawful taking - auto, and complicity, is accused of taking a 2007 Toyota Camry owned by the victim, 28-year-old Kristie Lynne Allen.
She is charged also with second-degree burglary and complicity; two counts of tampering with physical evidence and complicity; receiving stolen property and complicity; and hindering prosecution or apprehension in the first degree.
Investigators believe Kolley assisted Abdullah Rahman White, 35, of Radcliff, in the burglary of the Buffalo residence and was preparing to move Allen’s body from the scene.
White, according to court documents, was a passenger in the Camry when Kolley was seen leaving the residence. He is accused of asphyxiating Allen.
Kolley’s bond was set at $200,000 in February by Circuit Judge John David Seay. Monday, Seay modified the bond to $15,000 cash only with the requirement that Kolley report to the pretrial officer as scheduled, not use alcohol or illegal drugs, not possess any type of weapon, be subject to random drug and alcohol testing, refrain from contact with White or any co-defendant or any of their family members or known associates, reside at only the residence shown on pretrial services records, not travel outside the state and not use the telephone or Internet between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Kolley will be credited for $100 for each day she remains in jail prior to trial that may be used as payment toward bail.
According to court records, pretrial services recommended the court deny a reduction in bond “because at the time the court issued a warrant for defendant’s arrest on the amended indictment, (Kolley) had been absent for several days from the residence location (she) had provided to pretrial services.”
Judge Seay said Kolley was charged with Class C or Class D felonies “and thus defendant is entitled to some relief.”
Kolley’s $50,000 bond was posted by a relative in January, shortly after she had been charged only with theft of the vehicle. She was later charged with the other counts.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s office protested the bond reduction, saying that Kolley posed a flight risk.
“Our office is against such a low bond for someone attempting to get rid of a dead body and helping someone accused of murder flee the scene,” said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Whitney Meredith.
Bond for White remains at $2 million cash only.
Pre-trial for Kolley and White has been set for June 29. Trial by jury is July 9.
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and the person is innocent unless and until proven guilty.