Chanda Franks Bond Hearing

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Tears fell as former Haywood County teacher and softball coach Chanda Franks was handcuffed and taken into custody after Haywood County General Sessions Judge Roland Reid revoked her bond Friday. “We had certainly hoped that the judge would take into consideration that the alleged victim in this case is what started all this stuff,” said Mark Donahoe, Franks’ attorney. Franks was back in court after allegedly violating her bond agreement by communicating with her alleged victim, who was 14 at the time of the initial charges and testified during Friday’s hearing that she and Franks had talked on the phone more than 70 times since her teacher was arrested and ordered to stay away from her. The victim also admitted she called Franks in early April to set up a time to meet in the bathroom of a sporting goods store in Jackson. The victim also testified that she wrote an email to Franks’ attorney, Donahoe, stating all of the previous allegations facing Franks were untrue. However, during cross examination she admitted she wrote the email to make Franks happy. After nearly four hours of reviewing evidence, Judge Reid ruled to revoke her bond. “He could have changed the bond conditions to something different or something else. He could have put her under an ankle monitor system, he could have confined her to home,” Donahoe said. According to him, the ruling makes it very difficult to defend his client, “Every time I need her to got to a location I have to apply to court, get the sheriff. The sheriff has to assign a deputy and we have to do that. It is a tremendous cost to the county.” Donahoe said he plans on appealing Friday’s ruling in Circuit Court. Franks remains in custody at the Haywood County Jail without bond.

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