The lawyers for the Iowa City man accused of murdering his wife when she reportedly discovered discrepancies in the couple’s finances are asking for a reduction in his bond.
67-year-old Roy Browning Jr. is being held in the Johnson County Jail on a $5 million bond in the death of his wife JoEllen, who was found dead April 5th in their Iowa City home.
KGAN TV reports that a new court filing this week indicates that Browning’s lawyers believe the amount of the bond is excessive and unnecessary “given either the nature of the offense or the characteristics of the defendant.”
They added that Browning Jr. is not a flight risk nor a danger to the community.
He was arrested on October 28th and charged with Murder in the first degree, a class A felony punishable by a life sentence with no possibility of parole.
A case management conference is scheduled for February 14th; his trial is tentatively set for March 10th .