A judge has set the bond for a murder suspect who was captured in Wise County last December.
Garland Paul Allen, 49, appeared in Jackson County District Court in Oklahoma Tuesday for a court hearing requesting bond be set for his case. He had previously been held with no bond set since his arrest Dec. 2 in south Wise County.
Judge Brad Leverett set his bond at $250,000 with several conditions. First, he must live with his mother in Lone Oak, Okla. Second, he is not to leave the Third Judicial District of Oklahoma unless the court grants him permission. Third, he is not allowed to have any contact with witnesses in the case except for his mother and children, and he cannot discuss the case with them.
Allen was also told that he must hire an attorney to represent him at a preliminary hearing in his case set for March 31.
As of Friday morning, Allen remained in the Jackson County Jail in Altus, Okla.
Allen is accused of killing his ex-wife, Tracy Lynn Allen, sometime around May 1, 2001, in Oklahoma.
A second-degree murder warrant from Jackson County, Okla., was issued for Allen in November, but when authorities went to serve the warrant at his residence near Hillsboro, he was gone. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said his office received information that Allen had been staying in the Keeter area. His investigators worked on the case and tracked him down in the wooded area off County Road 4757 near Van Meter Crossing between Newark and Boyd.
After being taken to the Wise County Jail, Allen agreed to lead investigators to where his ex-wife was buried in Oklahoma. Skeletal human remains believed to be those of his ex-wife were found at the Tom Steed Reservoir near Altus.
Investigators believe Allen’s cousin, Stephanie Taylor of Boyd, helped Allen elude capture by officers. She was arrested Dec. 16 on a third-degree felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution of a known felon in connection with the case. Taylor posted bond and was released. She is awaiting trial.