A judge has granted a major reduction in bond for a man accused in the killings of a Dallas County couple. Bond for Jeffery Stevenson was originally set at $10 million after the murders of Joe and Brandy Allen. On Tuesday, that was reduced to $1 million, the amount originally requested by the prosecuting attorney. In the ruling, the judge says he took into consideration the defendant’s minimal ties to the area, a history of substance abuse, limited income, as well as alleged admissions made by Stevenson regarding the crimes. Stevenson is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, along with one count each of second-degree burglary, stealing a motor vehicle, and armed criminal action. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for December 10th.
The second defendant accused in those killings will be getting a new judge. The attorney for Billy Sage Medley successfully lobbied for a judicial transfer in the case. That request was granted on Tuesday after the prosecution offered no objection. It will now be up to the presiding judge in the 30th circuit to assign the new judge to hear the case. Medley is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 7th. He faces the same charges as Stevenson, with an additional felony charge for unlawful possession of a firearm.