Bond reduced for Ohio woman accused in stepfather’s slaying

BELLAIRE (AP) — A judge has reduced the bond for an eastern Ohio woman charged with using money from her stepfather’s bank account to pay for his murder.

The Martins Ferry Times Leader reports a judge on Friday reduced 35-year-old Meredith Broome’s bond from $1 million to $20,000 in an agreement between prosecutors and her defense attorney.

Broome is charged with murder in the November 2013 slaying of former Powhatan Point Mayor Marvin Brown.

Prosecutors say Broome’s mother withdrew $12,000 from Brown’s bank account that Broome used to pay a gunman, who has provided authorities with details about the fatal shooting.

Deborah Brown was sentenced to three years in prison in May 2015 after pleading guilty to theft and tampering with evidence charges.

Broome’s attorney told the judge Broome isn’t a flight risk.

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