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Bond denied for Appling County man

Jonathan Courson, center with blue shirt (Source: Appling Co. Sheriff's Office) Jonathan Courson, center with blue shirt (Source: Appling Co. Sheriff's Office)
Mandy Courson Mandy Courson

An Appling County superior court judge denied bond Friday for a Baxley man accused of killing his wife.

Jonathan Courson, 26, is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, making a false statement, tampering with evidence, reckless conduct, insurance fraud and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.

On Jan. 4, Appling County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Coursons home on a report of a home invasion. Courson claimed they tied him and his wife 28-year-old Mandy up and ransacked their home. Mandy was killed at some point and still tied up.

On Friday, several witnesses took the stand including his mother, father, brother, pastor, two bank employees and an insurance agent.

Witness testimony revealed Courson tried to claim a life insurance policy in his wife's name, had several loans on cars he did not own and that he had closed all of his accounts that were established with Mandy the Monday after her death.

The judge denied bond staying there was evidence there was a risk he could commit additional felonies.

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