by: Mark Becker Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A district court judge has raised the bond for a man allegedly involved in the slaying of a corrections officer after a prosecutor said he could be charged with murder.
Trevor White had turned himself in late Monday night and is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Bias Easley on June 5.
Easley was killed at his home on Farmhurst Drive, and in court Tuesday a prosecutor said White and his brother, Raphael White had been on the run and that Trevor White could be charged later with murder.
After hearing that, the judge raised Trevor White's bond from $50,000 to $500,000.
That brought some muted cheers from Easley's fiancée and her family.
"It doesn't give us 100 percent help but it served justice that was needed to be served," said Dawn McCormick, who was supposed to marry Easley on Monday.
"It gave us some relief- some relief to know that no time soon will they be coming out," said her mother, Gladys Cox.
Easley had been a corrections officer at a prison in Anson County, and sources had told Eyewitness News that his killing may have been part of a gang hit ordered from inside the prison. Police said they don't have any evidence of that, but believe Easley was killed after an argument with White and his brother Raphael White at a convenience store two days earlier.
Cox and McCormick called Tuesday's hearing only partial justice. The man police believe to be the gunman, Raphael White, is still on the run, and they pleaded with him to turn himself in.
"Turn yourself in -- you got to," McCormick said.
"Turn yourself in and let's go forward. We deserve closure," Cox said.
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