Madison County judge revokes bond of murder suspect

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - 22-year-old Carari Cortez is back in jail after a judge revoked his bond.  Cortez was charged with three counts of murder back in May.

Police said Cortez was driving drunk on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into another car.  A young mother, her boyfriend, and her three-year-old son were inside that car.   The three died shortly after.

Cortez was charged with the murder of 22-year-old Alexa Hanning, 21-year-old Benjamin Johnson, and three-year-old Hayden Martella.

Now Cortez is accused of violating the conditions of his release.  Court records indicate that he left the state of Alabama to go to a football game in Louisiana.

Prosecutors also claimed that he consumed alcohol and didn't register for required drug and alcohol screenings.

Court records state that due to the nature of the case and severity of the charges, the 22-year-old was required to wear an ankle monitor after he was released on $60,000 bond.

"The defendant has made it clear that he does not appreciate the seriousness of the charges against him, he does not intend to follow this court's orders, and that he plans to live his life relatively untethered from the requirements of law and the orders of this court," wrote Assistant District Attorney Shauna Barnett.

The case against Cortez is going before a grand jury.  The grand jury will determine if prosecutors have enough evidence to go forward with a trial.





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