UNION — A woman charged in the murder of her aunt is asking to be released on bond.
Dabriada Alman, 40, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with transferring a weapon to a convicted felon and accessory after the fact of murder.
The charges against Alman stem from the shooting death of Rebecca Tyler, 61, 1303 River Road. Tyler’s lifeless body was found in her home on Nov. 19. She had been shot three times with a handgun including once in the brain, once in the heart, and once in the abdomen.
Alman is Rebecca Tyler’s niece and is one of three people charged in connection with her aunt’s death.
The others charged are Ashley Tyler, 40, and Timothy Jay Tyler, 34. Ashley Tyler and Timothy Tyler are both stepsons of Rebecca Tyler.
Ashley Tyler is charged by the sheriff’s office with failure to register as a sex offender, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and murder.
Timothy Tyler is charged by the sheriff’s office with delivery of a pistol to a convicted felon.
Dabriada Alman and Ashley Tyler have been in jail since being arrested at the end of November. Tyler was arrested nearly three weeks later but was released on a $6,000 personal recognizance bond.
Initial court appearances for Dabriada Alman and Ashley are scheduled for Jan. 26 and they and Timothy Tyler are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court Feb. 1.
Dabriada Alman, however, was in court Thursday morning asking Judge John C. Hayes III to release her on bond.
Alman, who cried throughout much of the hearing, was represented by Public Defender Jennifer Williams while Assistant Solicitor John C. Anthony presented the state’s case.
In arguing that Alman should not be granted bond, Anthony presented the findings of investigators with the sheriff’s office including the fact that Alman had provided Ashley Tyler with the gun he used to shoot Rebecca Tyler. Anthony also pointed out that Alman had driven Ashley Tyler to Rebecca Tyler home at the time of the killing and then picked him up afterwards. He pointed out that the accessory after the fact of murder charge against Alman stems from the fact that she learned about her aunt’s death after Ashley Tyler had killed her.
Also present during the hearing was Sheriff David Taylor who stated he was there in support of the facts of the case presented by Anthony. He also said that his office is opposed to Alman being released on bond.
Jennifer Bradley, the daughter of Rebecca Tyler, also spoke in opposition to Alman getting bond, pointing out how Alman knew what had happened but said nothing, even as she attended visitation for the family and her aunt’s funeral.
Williams then addressed the court, pointing out that Alman has no prior criminal record, has only a ninth grade education, and has limited means, having been on disability since 1998. Williams said that Alman, who she described as very emotional and suffering from manic depression, is grieving over the death of her aunt. She said that Alman can’t believe this is happening, that she does not understand the legal system and is very scared.
Williams said that Alman got into a relationship with Ashley Tyler, a relationship in which she was taken advantage of. She said she does not feel Alman would do anything illegal if released on bond.
Michelle Kaufman, a member of Alman’s family, spoke in support of her being granted bond, stating that she believed Alman had been manipulated by Ashley Tyler. She said that all Alman had ever wanted was somebody to love her and that because of this she’d been manipulated, adding that she did not believe Alman was capable of doing anything malicious.
Hayes did not rule on the request for bond but instead said he would take it under advisement.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.