Bond set at $300K each for mothers

Published 3:15 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A judge on Tuesday set bond for two mothers accused of murder at $300,000 each.

That is $100,000 for each count of murder in the deaths of the women’s children, who were killed in a house fire when the children were home alone in Atmore last week.

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Akeevia Lajoseia Abner and Tekeevia Lajoseialan Abner, both 18, showed little emotion in the courtroom. Tekeevia kept her head down through much of the proceedings, her hair hiding her face.

Tekeevia, the first to appear before the judge, answered District Judge Dave Jordan’s questions in a quiet voice.

Neither sister is represented by an attorney yet, and neither was required to speak nor enter a plea at the bond hearing.

The fire killed 3-year old Aniyia Abner, 3-year old Takia Abner and 22-month old Michael Coleman.

Fire marshals have determined the fire was caused when a stove was left unattended after the mothers left the house and left the children there alone.