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Murder suspect seeks bond reduction, public defender

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

A Saint John man suspected of killing his son over the Labor Day weekend has recently applied for a public defender, as well as a bond reduction.

Michael Lee Phillips, 45, has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

The defendant is accused of shooting 22-year-old Jeffrey Chisholm in the chest.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Aug. 31 at a cabin on Pike County Road 52, just off of Highway 61 between Bowling Green and Frankford.

Witnesses say the victim had been fighting with his father and other family members.

In a probable cause statement, Phillips allegedly told authorities that he had no other choice but to shoot his son.

Phillips originally said he would get his own lawyer, but applied for a public defender to represent him on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17 Meggie Biesenthal, who is representing Phillips,  entered a motion requesting a bond reduction. The motion hearing was to be held Sept. 25.

The defendant is being held on $200,000 bond.