- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama judge has set a $1 million bond for a man charged with murder in the strangling death of his 19-year-old second cousin.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1t9GvTs ) the bond was set for 27-year-old Christian Grissom at a hearing Friday a few days after the slaying suspect was arrested in New York. He is charged with killing 19-year-old Keonte Chavis of Phenix City by strangling her on Aug. 7.

Authorities say Grissom was fleeing an arrest warrant in Florida for missing a court date on a domestic violence charge when he came to Phenix City on the Alabama-Georgia state line. After Chavis went missing, he fled to his mother’s home in New York.

Grissom told the judge Friday he will need an attorney appointed to represent him.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

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