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News Pruitts granted bail but remain in custody

An Otto couple facing the charge of first degree murder for the death of their son was granted bail last week.

At the October 29 session of Macon County Superior Court, judge Charles Ginn gave Frank Kelly Pruitt, 62, and his wife, Kathy Paulette Pruitt, 53, both $100,000 secured bonds. Should the defendants make bond, they are to have no contact with the victim’s family, and will be required to wear GPS ankle bracelets so their whereabouts are known to authorities.

On July 8, Robert Pruitt, 34, was shot at a residence on Coweeta Lab Road. His parents, Frank and Kathy, have been charged with their son’s first degree murder. Around the time of the incident, Frank Pruitt had called 9-1-1and declared to dispatch that he was going to shoot his son on the grounds that he was armed and drunk. Subsequent toxicology reports prove however that the son did not have alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

Prosecutors declared throughout August and September that they would not seek the death penalty for either defendant. Instead, if convicted of the offenses, prosecutors will seek prison terms for the couple without the possibility of parole.

As of Wednesday, neither Pruitt had made bail. Kathy Pruitt is being held at the Macon County Detention Center and Frank Pruitt is still being detained in Raleigh. The next court date is set for Nov. 19 in order for the prosecution or the defense attorneys to file additional motions in the case. No extra motion had been filed as of Monday.


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