State prosecutors on Wednesday filed a motion opposing bond for Keith Shirey, 61 of Dutton, who was convicted last week of murder in the 2017 death of his father, Charles Shirey.
Keith Shirey’s attorney, Joe Espy III of Montgomery, filed a motion Monday seeking bond for his client.
In his motion, Espy said Shirey is not a flight risk, adding that the incident occurred on May 24, 2017 and Shirey was charged by indictment on Sept. 16, 2019.
[Shirey] has made all court appearances and remained in the Jackson County community,” Espy said. “A reasonable bond will assure his appearance.”
Espy also said Shirey has no criminal record, adding that he is not a danger to the community or himself.
In the state’s motion, District Attorney Jason Pierce said Shirey is a convicted murderer and must be treated accordingly.
“The Court, having heard the testimony and seen the photographs, is aware of the brutality and savagery that the defendant inflicted on his very own 78-year-old father,” said Pierce.
Pierce said, in consideration of the potential sentence that is set for Jan. 6, 2022 by Circuit Judge John Graham, Shirey’s age and access to resources, the state believes Shirey poses a significant flight risk.
“In light of the horrific behavior of the defendant, the state will be requesting the maximum sentence be imposed on the defendant,” said Pierce.