by: Ken Lemon Updated:LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. —
The family of a woman killed after she was allegedly thrown from her truck was upset Tuesday after a Lincoln County judge reduced the bond for a woman linked to her death.
One of Sherry Tobeler's family members told Channel 9 that the judge’s decision was an injustice.
Family was already upset that Patricia Stroupe was given a $40,000 bond and were bitterly disappointed when the judge dropped it to $25,000.
“I’m sorry,” Stroupe said Tuesday, but she wouldn’t say why.
She struggled to wipe tears from her eyes with her hands cuffed to her waist.
Investigators said that on Halloween night, Stroupe, her son and her son's girlfriend went out drinking with Tobeler.
Police said they were all riding in Tobeler's truck when one of them pushed her from the vehicle and took off with her belongings.
Detectives said Stroupe's son, Derek Williams, then drove over Tobeler with her own truck.
Tobeler died days later.
Stroupe was charged with accessory after the fact and her attorney said she confessed as soon detectives confronted her.
Tobeler's family members who came to court Tuesday were not moved by Stroupe's tears.
"She was done caught then. If she had a conscience she would contacted somebody that night as soon as it happened," said Susie Malcom, a relative of Tobeler’s.
Malcom said, “She has no respect for life.”
Tobeler’s family members were not happy that her bond was reduced.
"I'm kinda speechless right now. I'm shocked," said Dan Tobeler, Sherry Tobeler’s husband.
The district attorney has some concerns about Stroupe's criminal history and believes she may be a danger to the community.
He cited her criminal record and her convictions for assaulting a police officer and larceny of a vehicle.
Her attorney said she immediately confessed and cooperated with detectives when they questioned her days after the murder.
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