Trial nears for man charged in brutal beating death of woman

Capital murder suspect Joshua Crawford Tew is lead from a Houston County courtroom following a hearing held September 5, 2017.
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Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- Nearly three years after the discovery of her daughter's badly beaten body, Jamie Kratky hopes that justice will come soon.

Houston County Circuit Judge Todd Derrick, on Wednesday, set a February 3, 2020 trial date for Joshua Tew, charged with murdering Amanda Bond.

“Finally,” Mrs. Kratky said at after that hearing. “Finally.”

This case is bizarre because investigators believe Tew likely placed Ms. Bond in thick brush before she died. They say he had beaten her with a piece of lumber.

Ms. Bond, also known as Amanda Anderson, went missing on October 31, 2016. For nearly two weeks, dozens frantically searched for her.

Eventually, a Houston County deputy noticed something out of sorts along Alabama Highway 109, near the Florida state line. That's where he found Ms. Bond's body.

Even before the discovery, Tew had been charged with capital murder because investigators believe the evidence against him is overwhelming.

Tew will use the insanity plea at trial. He has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by mental defect.

If convicted, he could receive a death sentence.