Judge Lowers $1 Million Bond in Teen Deaths

A Houston County judge has lowered the $1 million bond set for a 19-year-old man charged with killing two Wiregrass teens in a January.

Circuit Judge Jerry White reduced the bond of Wellborn Pate Johnson to $160,000. The decision came after the judge heard testimony from both sides about the collision.

Johnson was charged with murder after his pickup truck collided with a Buick Skylark driven by 16-year-old April Raybon on January 13.

Arita Marie Scoggin and Kimberly Dawn Rabon, both 14, were killed in the accident in Columbia.

Johnson tested positive for marijuana after the accident and had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit, according to authorities.

Seeking bond reduction, Johnson's attorney Tom Brantley introduced evidence Tuesday that showed April Raybon also had a positive test for marijuana after being admitted to the hospital on the night of the accident.

Also, an accident expert testified that the Buick Skylark appeared to be on the wrong side of the road at the time of the collision.

No trial date is set.


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