Bartow judge sets Boyd's bond at $1M
by Jessica Loeding
May 07, 2014 | 4243 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The mother accused of killing her child in January was granted bond Tuesday afternoon in Bartow County Superior Court.

Judge Carey Nelson set cash or property bond at $1 million for Brandy Boyd, charged with felony murder in connection with the death of her 1-year-old daughter, Journey Ann Cowart. She had been denied bond March 4 after being arrested following the child’s Jan. 21 death.

Boyd and Austin Levi Payne were arrested on Jan. 23 after signs of child abuse were discovered during an autopsy. The death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner in January.

“... Some of the injuries that occurred were a fractured skull, blunt force trauma to the stomach. The child had healed ribs that had previously been broken, and she also had a femur that had been cracked and had already healed,” Sheriff Clark Millsap said Feb. 3. “The medical examiner said this appears to her to be the worst she has ever seen. It’s a systematic six to seven months worth of abuse to this young child.”

By law, Nelson was required to grant Boyd bond Tuesday.

“The case has not yet been indicted and she has been in jail more than 90 days, and by law, the judge has to set a bond,” District Attorney Rosemary Greene said.

The case has not been presented to the grand jury because of pending autopsy results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“We did the autopsy, but the report is not complete. It will be a while,” GBI Director of Public Affairs Sherry Lang said Friday.

During a media open house Friday, GBI Assistant Deputy Director Julie Gardner said child autopsys are the one area the GBI Crime Lab will not hurry.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said Boyd had not made bond at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

If using a bond company, Boyd would be required to present 15 percent of the $1 million bond, or $150,000, which is nonrefundable. To meet the property bond, 40 percent of the property must be worth $1 million and free of liens, according to Rogers.

Payne has not been granted bond. Greene said his attorney has not filed a motion for bond.