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Bond set at $650,000 for former probation officer accused of killing girlfriend

PERRY -- A $650,000 bond was set Monday for a former probation officer charged with killing his girlfriend who worked for the Houston County prosecutor’s office.

Russell Holt is accused of the 2:27 a.m. March 18 shooting of 27-year-old Jessica Nicole Wolfe of Bonaire inside his residence on the 100 block of Ledford Way in Bonaire.

Holt entered pleas of not guilty at the start of the hearing. He was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Wolfe, a legal assistant for the Houston County District Attorney’s Office, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Holt says an intruder knocked him unconscious that early morning.

Macon Judicial Circuit Judge Tripp Self said when he denied bond in May he was concerned of a potential flight risk. When granting bond, Self said the prosecution conceded Holt was not a flight risk.

The bond conditions include house arrest with electronic monitoring at the Warner Robins home of Holt’s parents.

“He can’t leave -- period,” Self said from the bench.

Warner Robins police detective Meredith Edwards testified at the hearing that she believed Holt was a danger to himself and others.

Edwards testifed that she believed that Holt shot Wolfe that morning after he had hit her and did not want her to report it. Edwards said Holt was extremely intoxicated the night of the incident.

The detective also noted Holt’s extreme mood swings the night of the shooting when he was interviewed by police, from anger to sadness to laughing.

Edwards said Holt told her he did not like police because of a ticket he got in Colorado.

Franklin J. Hogue, a Macon attorney representing Holt, said Edwards declined to give Holt a shirt when he said he was cold and did not tell him the truth that Wolfe had died when he asked about her.

Hogue argued Holt is presumed innocent under the law, and Edward’s testimony about Holt being a danger was “about as thin as I’ve heard -- ever.”

District Attorney Peter J. Skandalakis of the Coweta Judicial Circuit, a special prosecutor in the case, declined comment after the hearing. Houston County judges and district attorneys recused themselves because Wolfe worked for the district attorney’s office.

Family and friends hugged Holt’s parents as they left the courtroom. About 30 people showed up in support of Holt’s bond.

The courtroom was also filled with supporters of the Wolfe family.

Parents of both Wolfe and Holt declined comment after the hearing.

The bond is about 2 1/2 times what the Holt family said they could come up with in a property bond. Hogue said after the hearing he would have to talk to family members to see if they could meet the required bond amount.

Holt is being held at the Houston County jail.

Houston County Sheriff’s Maj. Alan Everidge, jail administrator, said he would have to have the signed bond order from the judge and approval from the sheriff of the bond itself before he could release Holt.

Bonds of more than $100,000 require the sheriff’s approval.

Everidge said he had not received the judge’s order as of late Monday afternoon. The judge left the details of what the requirements of the bond would be, such as cash or property or a combination of both, to the sheriff.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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