May 28, 2005

No bail for one in church abuse

The Advocate

Special to The Advocate

AMITE -- Judge Robert Morrison of the 21st Judicial District Court denied bail early Friday for Nicole Bernard, 36, who is charged with aggravated rape in connection with the Hosanna Church sex crime case that has been developing over the past several weeks.

Joyce Jackson, assistant warden of the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, said that Morrison had denied a bail request from Bernard about 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The hearing was not held in open court, and Morrison issued his ruling over the telephone.

Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said judges do not customarily comment on bond hearings.

Perrilloux said bond is almost never granted in capital cases.

Posted by kshaw at May 28, 2005 08:47 AM