Bond reduced in neglect case

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Bond was reduced this morning for a woman accused of murder in the death of a disabled relative who was found to be living in squalor.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet reduced bond from $40,000 to $20,000 for Jeanne Peterson after the prosecuting attorney couldn’t say definitively when he would be prepared to bring the case to trial. Her husband, Buel "Chuck" Peterson, who is also accused of murder in the case, has already been released on bond.

Law enforcement officers found 30-year-old Christina Baxter in the front yard of the Petersons' Karian Drive home in October. The 46-pound woman, who was deaf, mute and physically unable to walk or feed herself, was dead. Authorities said Ms. Baxter was so badly malnourished that her body was like that of a child with a thin layer of skin covering bone.

Inside the home, feces were found covering the walls, the floors were covered with newspapers and a 200-pound pig roamed about.

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