On Thursday, a Madison County judge denied bond for Hammad Memon. The family of the student Memon allegedly killed in February 2010 was Todd Brown.
Brown’s family was in the courtroom for Memon’s hearing. They say the pain they experienced two years ago came rushing back once they saw Memon across from them.
Brown’s family says they did not support the teenager having bond in the first place because they feared he might try to leave the country. They also say the fact Memon has been free to go where he wants has made the pain of their loss even greater.
Brown’s grandmother, Lucille Hurst, says Memon seemed cold to her as he sat in the courtroom. She said he lacked any emotion.
It was not that way for her.
“I couldn’t help but crying,” said Hurst. “I looked at him and I thought about Todd. I looked at him and said he’s sitting there. Todd has been dead in his grave for two years. He doesn’t have a life anymore, and hopefully justice serves so his life will be miserable, too.”
This was the first time the Brown family had seen Hammad Memon in person. They say the experience left them feeling the empty spot Todd’s death has left in their lives.
“Every time I go to the cemetery I have to look at his grave,” said John Lavender, Brown’s great-uncle. “And to think that his killer is walking around with the luxury of not being in jail — that’s hard.”
The information they found out in Thursday’s bond hearing didn’t make them happy.
“I heard that he had been going to Atlanta with his grandmother to shop and that’s appalling,” said John Corbett, a family friend. “I can’t imagine a judge letting someone who’s been accused of a crime leave the state.”
The Browns say they hope Memon’s mother and father also serve time in jail. Dr. Iqbal and Safia Memon are both charged with hindering prosecution.