Two Suspects Appear In Court For Amanda Taylor’s Murder

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Two people charged with helping dispose of the body of Amanda Taylor appeared in front of a Colbert County judge Thursday.

Laurel Pruett and Matthew Fox appeared before Judge Jackie Hatcher.  Both Pruett and Fox are charged with abuse of a corpse and hindering prosecution.

Prosecutors say the two helped dispose of Amanda Taylor's body back in October 2011.

Attorneys for Pruett asked for a bond reduction, but prosecutors say her current $250,000 bond is appropriate for the part Pruett played in the crime.

Fox filed a motion to seek youthful offender status.

Judge Hatcher assigned the case to a probation officer to complete a background report, and plans to rule on the motions at a later date.

Ronald Weems is also charged in the case.  He waived his arraignment at the last minute, so the judge will now set a date for his murder trial.  Prosecutors say that date could be pushed back because of forensics testing and other motions that could be filed.