New bond hearing set for teen accused in road rage murder

New court date for teen charged with murder

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A new bond hearing has been set for the teen accused of killing a man during a case of road rage.

The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office says it wants to see the amount increased, since the teen is now charged with murder.

18-year-old Christian Hillman bonded out of jail Wednesday, Nov. 16, sparking controversy in the community.

Earlier: 18 year old facing murder charge in 'road rage' death out of jail

Prosecutors say the Ada teen attacked and killed 64-year-old William “Andy” McFarlan back on Sept. 29, 2016.

Hillman was originally charged with assault, but when McFarlan died earlier this month, prosecutors authorized a second degree murder charge.

Related: Family: Man in hospice since 'road rage' beating dies

A hearing was set on the new charge for Dec. 1, but the prosecutor’s office says when it learned Hillman might post the $100,000 bond given by the judge at his preliminary hearing on the assault charge, the prosecutor’s office requested a new bond hearing.

It is set for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.

If the bond is increased and Hillman can't pay for it -- or if bond is denied, he will be put back in jail before Thanksgiving.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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