The suspect in a child sex abuse case in Elmore County that captured headlines last month was back in court Thursday.
Stephen Conrad's first case, involving 105 counts, was thrown out in November after prosecutors say a former Tallasee police officer coerced Conrad's statements.
Now the Alabama Bureau of Investigation has opened a new case and arrested Conrad on six new charges. Prosecutors presented the new evidence at a preliminary hearing and bond reduction hearing Thursday.
Conrad's court-appointed attorney, Bill Lewis, says he joined the case two weeks ago and until now had not been familiar with its complexities.
Prosecutors called ABI agent Brooke Walker to testify about the severity of the case documenting evidence from the new investigation to further convince Judge Goggins to bind the case over to grand jury.
Lewis had hoped to get Conrad's bond reduced from $410,000 to $100,000, but the prosecution submitted an extremely disturbing story that Conrad told an officer he fanaticized about killing children, he just had not acted on it yet.
Conrad's bond remains at $410,000. The case is expected to go before a grand jury in January.
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