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Judge denies request for lowered bond in recycling bin murder

September 17, 2018

A Harris County district court judge on Monday denied a request for lower bail in the case of a Alief-area man accused of strangling a woman and stashing her in a recycling bin.

Alex Jude Akpan, 24, appeared before the judge on charges of murder and tampering with evidence of a human corpse. He’s accused in the death of Irene Yemitan, 23, who was found in a recycling bin in his bedroom, prosecutors said.

After Akpan’s attorney asked for a lowered bail amount, the judge held Akpan’s bail at $250,000 for the murder charge and $10,000 for the tampering with evidence charge.

Akpan’s attorney said state prosecutors unfairly categorized his client as a flight risk. State prosecutors said they had information Akpan might go to Nigeria, where he has family, however, Akpan’s passport has been expired for about 10 years, his attorney said.

A prosecutor in court on Monday said that Yemitan’s car still hasn’t been found and asked for the bond amount to be raised to $100,000 on the tampering charge.

Akpan was arrested after his mother found a woman’s body in his bedroom, in the 9600 block of Wellsworth Drive near Bissonnet and Eldridge Parkway, on Sept. 5.

Akpan got a call from his mother, and he said, “I’m on my way back, I know what happened,” according to prosecutors. He posted bond on the tampering charge before later being booked on the murder charge.

Authorities identified the strangled woman as Yemitan, a student and aspiring beauty stylist. A witness told police that Yemitan and Akpan met at the mall and had only been friends for a few days before she was killed.

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