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No bond set in Jerry Manigault murder case

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For the first time Monday, family members of 70-year-old Pollyann Mitchell came face to face with the man accused of murdering her back on May 12.

Jerry Manigault not only faces murder charges, but also criminal sexual conduct, burglary and grand larceny charges in Beaufort County.

A Charleston County judge has already denied his bond for the alleged murder of 77-year-old Julia Mudgett.

But Judge Kristi Harrington did not set Manigault's bond Monday afternoon in Beaufort County.

Manigault requested to waive his bond hearing on Monday until he consults with his Charleston attorney. This was a painful moment for family members of Pollyann Mitchell as they finally made eye contact with the man who police say is responsible for her death.

Manigault traveled more than two hours to appear before Judge Harrington today.

Bluffton Police identify him as the prime suspect in the murder of  Mitchell.

Family members say her grandson discovered her body inside her Buck Island Road home on May 12.

Monday was the first time they saw Manigault in person as they listened to him answer the judge.

Judge Harrington asked, "sir, are you employed?"

"No I'm waiting on my disability," replied Manigault.

"Are you employed?"

"No, I'm not right now, no ma'am," he said.

The judge originally granted Manigault two days to speak with his public defender.

But in less than 15 minutes, Manigault asked to waive his bond hearing in order to consult with his attorney in Charleston first, which Judge Harrington granted.

"At this point, the defense asked to continue the bond hearing. As a practical matter, it means he will stay in the Charleston County Detention Center," Solicitor Duffie Stone said. "He does not have a bond set at all in Beaufort County, so he cannot get out until either a bond is set or we bring the case to trial."

The Mitchell family didn't want to talk on camera, but granddaughter Monique Bryant said afterward that seeing Manigault brought back a world of emotions filled with sadness and hatred.

They say what they've been wanting all along is to have closure and justice on this painful tragedy.

Following Monday's hearing, the Solicitor's Office will now prepare to present Manigault's charges before a Beaufort County grand jury.

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