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Bond reduction for Billy Ferguson denied

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 19:44:10-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A local man accused of fatally stabbing a teen inside Walmart earlier this year won’t be getting out of jail soon.

Billy Ferguson is being held on a $1 million bond for allegedly stabbing and killing former Calallen football player Gabe Cooley inside a Walmart in Calallen back in August.

Ferguson asked a judge that his bond be reduced in hopes that he could be released from jail pending his trial during today's hearing.

Cooley's mother, Amy said she was anxious coming into today's hearing.

"So we went in there kind of disheartened that they would even request that and have to be put through more trauma I guess you can say."

Ferguson's mother claimed if they were able to make bond, she would care for Ferguson.

But in the end 28th District Court Judge Nanette Hasette denied Ferguson's request.

Amy said she was relieved when the judged denied the bond reduction.

Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Angelica Hernandez asked that they move forward with Ferguson’s trial.

Amy said due to COVID-19 there have been delays in court so she has not heard about a court date as of yet.

For now, her and Gabe's sister Kathleen, are doing what they can to honor Gabe.

"We do want to have new ways of remembering him, and we haven't really figured anything out yet. That's just something that's going to have to come with time I guess."