Suspect Connected to Abilene Murder Scheduled for Bond Reduction Hearing

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The second suspect arrested in connection to the disappearance and murder of an Abilene mother is scheduled for a bond reduction hearing Thursday afternoon. 

Jennifer Herod, 35, is currently being held in jail on a $100,000 bond issued for a Tampering with Evidence charge. Her bond reduction hearing is set to take place in Taylor County's 104th District Court beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Court documents show Herod's tampering charge is connected to the murder of Meagan Dearman - an Abilene mother whose body was found at T&P Lake in Callahan County days after she was last seen alive on January 17, 2017.

A medical examiner was able to determine she was killed by strangulation.

Dearman's boyfriend, Justin Bennett, 32, was charged with Murder the day after her body was found.

The court documents related to Herod's case reveal "cell phone records indicate that Justin Bennett and Jennifer Herod were together in Abilene then drove out to T&P Lake together with Meagan Dearman's corpse" on January 18, 2017.

The documents also say that Herod frequently let Bennett use her vehicle, and when she gave detectives consent to search that vehicle, they found Dearman's blood inside.

Herod was not truthful with detectives when initially questioned about the murder and her whereabouts on January 18th, according to the documents.

Court documents related to Bennett's arrest say one of Bennett's acquaintances claimed Bennett "told her he go into a fight with Megan Dearman and hurt her bad."

The documents say additional witnesses also told detectives Bennett had confessed to the crime, and Bennet's shoe print was found near Dearman's body at T&P lake. 

A confidential informant then called police and said, "Justin Bennett had told them that he did kill Meagan Dearman and buried her body at a lake," according to the documents.

Stick with BigCountryHomepage for the latest information on the Dearman murder. 


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