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Appeal Bond Denied for Man Convicted of Pope Co. Killing

Andrew James Cody was found guilty last month of killing 65-year-old Lee Britton, but his supporters say it was justified.
RUSSELLVILLE, AR -- Dozens of protesters were outside the Pope County Courthouse on Monday showing their support for a convicted murderer.

Andrew James Cody was found guilty last month of killing 65-year-old Lee Britton, but his supporters say he was justified in that killing.

Cody's supporters say Britton was accused of molesting Cody's young daughter, and they believe the father was just seeking justice. So, they've started a petition for his release and have protested his court appearances every step of the way.

On Monday morning a Pope County judge denied an appeal bond filed by Cody's lawyer.

The protestors say the 20-year sentence Cody received is grossly unjust.

"It's not over until AJ Cody is free," says supporter Melissa Brown. "We've talked it over, we're going to write some letters to important people and we're going to be out here with our signs expressing our feelings."

In the appeal, Cody's attorney made it clear he would follow any terms the judge set out, whether it be a monitoring device or other instructions.

The appeal bond was denied in a matter of minutes.
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