Judge denies motion to lower bond for Brooks Houck, suspect charged in Crystal Rogers’ murder

WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS DECISION MARK. YEAH, JENNIFER, A MEMBER OF ROGERS FAMILY TELLS US THEY ARE RELIEVED AT THE DECISION, ESPECIALLY AFTER LAST WEEK’S BOND HEARING. BROOKS HOUCK APPEARED IN NELSON COUNTY COURT LAST WEEK. HIS ATTORNEYS ARGUED FOR THE JUDGE TO LOWER HIS BOND FROM $10 MILLION TO 500,000, SAYING HOUCK HAS TIES TO THE BARDSTOWN COMMUNITY AND IS NOT A FLIGHT RISK. BUT TODAY THE JUDGE ISSUED A FIVE PAGE RULING WITH FOR REASONS HE WAS DENYING THE REQUEST TO BEGIN WITH. THE JUDGE NOTED HOUCK HAS ACCESS TO SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES WITH 83 PROPERTIES IN NELSON COUNTY WORTH MORE THAN $8.5 MILLION. AND WHILE HOUCK’S PRETRIAL ASSESSMENT RATED HIM A LOW FLIGHT RISK, THE JUDGE WROTE MOST HEALTHY DEFENDANTS ARE A FLIGHT RISK WHEN FACING SEVERE PENALTIES LIKE 20 TO 50 YEARS OR LIFE IN PRISON. THE JUDGE ALSO NOTED A POTENTIAL LINK BETWEEN THIS CASE AND THE MURDER OF ROGERS FATHER, TOMMY BALLARD. THE PROSECUTION SAYS HOUCK’S BROTHER, NICK, SOLD A RIFLE THEY BELIEVE WAS USED TO SHOOT BALLARD WHILE HE WAS HUNTING WITH HIS GRANDSON SON. THE JUDGE WROTE THIS COURT IS GRAVELY CONCERNED FOR THE SAFETY OF ANY SUCH WITNESSES AND ANY INDIVIDUALS CONNECTED TO THIS CASE. AND FINALLY, THE JUDGE WROTE, THE HAWKS HAVE ALREADY VIOLATED THE RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE WHEN THEY SECRETLY RECORDED THE GRAND JURY PROCEEDING. NOW, ACCORDING TO THAT RULING, THE FBI HAS IS THAT AUDIO RECORDING, WHICH INCLUDES MEMBERS OF THE HOUCK FAMILY, TALKING ABOUT RECORDING THOSE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH IS ILLEGAL. THE JUDGE ORDERED THAT THAT RECORDING HAS TO BE SEALED. HOUCK’S ATTORNEY TOLD ME THEY HAVE NO CO

Judge denies motion to lower bond for Brooks Houck, suspect charged in Crystal Rogers’ murder

A judge has denied to lower the bond for Brooks Houck, the man charged in Crystal Rogers’ murder.Houck’s attorneys filed to have his bond lowered from $10 million to $500,000, with the condition that he would have a GPS monitoring system with work release if the bond were to be posted. Nelson County Circuit Court Judge Charles C. Simms III denied that motion on Monday.Simms wrote that the court believes that Houck has access to “substantial financial resources” as one of the reasons for denying the motion to lower his bond.In addition to that, Simms said that while Houck’s pretrial assessment determined that he would be a low risk to flee or reoffend, due to his being “healthy” and facing the penalties he is, his flight risk is considered higher.Simms also wrote that the court believes there are one or more cooperating witnesses, whose safety they are concerned for should Houck post bond.Court records point to evidence being recovered, such as a firearm from Brooks’ brother, Nick, that is believed to have been used to kill Tommy Ballard, Crystal’s father.Records go on to say that while Brooks isn’t responsible for his brother, the court believes he has provided “ongoing assistance to his brother.”Simms concluded that he also wants both sides to receive a fair trial, but that could be in jeopardy if someone violates the rules of the court. He pointed to the Houck family secretly recording the grand jury preceding, which is illegal.Houck is being charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the case.Watch in the player below: Prosecutor believes they have gun linking Brooks Houck’s family to shooting of Crystal Rogers’ fatherMore on the caseHouck is Rogers’ former boyfriend. He is also the father of one of her five children.Rogers was 35 when she was reported missing on July 5, 2015. She was last seen with Houck.TIMELINE: The Crystal Rogers case, from her disappearance to a murder arrestThat day, her car was found abandoned with a flat tire on Bluegrass Parkway in Bardstown. Her phone, purse and keys were still inside the car.Several agencies have been involved in the case for years, searching multiple locations connected to Houck’s family.Days before he was charged, another man, Joseph Lawson, 32, of Bardstown, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with physical evidence in the case.

BARDSTOWN, Ky. —

A judge has denied to lower the bond for Brooks Houck, the man charged in Crystal Rogers’ murder.

Houck’s attorneys filed to have his bond lowered from $10 million to $500,000, with the condition that he would have a GPS monitoring system with work release if the bond were to be posted.

Nelson County Circuit Court Judge Charles C. Simms III denied that motion on Monday.

Simms wrote that the court believes that Houck has access to “substantial financial resources” as one of the reasons for denying the motion to lower his bond.

In addition to that, Simms said that while Houck’s pretrial assessment determined that he would be a low risk to flee or reoffend, due to his being “healthy” and facing the penalties he is, his flight risk is considered higher.

Simms also wrote that the court believes there are one or more cooperating witnesses, whose safety they are concerned for should Houck post bond.

Court records point to evidence being recovered, such as a firearm from Brooks’ brother, Nick, that is believed to have been used to kill Tommy Ballard, Crystal’s father.

Records go on to say that while Brooks isn’t responsible for his brother, the court believes he has provided “ongoing assistance to his brother.”

Simms concluded that he also wants both sides to receive a fair trial, but that could be in jeopardy if someone violates the rules of the court. He pointed to the Houck family secretly recording the grand jury preceding, which is illegal.

Houck is being charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the case.

Watch in the player below: Prosecutor believes they have gun linking Brooks Houck’s family to shooting of Crystal Rogers’ father

More on the case

Houck is Rogers’ former boyfriend. He is also the father of one of her five children.

Rogers was 35 when she was reported missing on July 5, 2015. She was last seen with Houck.

TIMELINE: The Crystal Rogers case, from her disappearance to a murder arrest

That day, her car was found abandoned with a flat tire on Bluegrass Parkway in Bardstown. Her phone, purse and keys were still inside the car.

Several agencies have been involved in the case for years, searching multiple locations connected to Houck’s family.

Days before he was charged, another man, Joseph Lawson, 32, of Bardstown, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with physical evidence in the case.

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