ASHEBORO N.C. – The wife of a local firefighter, accused of his murder and currently in jail, has received a $1 million dollar bond.
MJ Auman, a firefighter with the Seagrove Fire Dept, died of a fatal gunshot wound on June 25th, 2022. An investigation by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office led to charges against the wife Heather Auman who has been confined at the Randolph County Jail without bond, facing a charge of first-degree murder since June 29th, 2022.
The state recently declined to purse a capital case, taking the death penalty off the table, and allowing the defense attorneys for Auman to submit a monition for bond, which was held on Monday, February 6th, 2023.
Lawyers for Auman argued that due to her employment record, strong ties to community and no criminal record that she was not a flight risk and was an ideal candidate for low bond. The state and court disagreed and the bond for Auman was set at $1 million.
“We do believe that Heather is innocent of this crime, it is our intent to proceed to trial,” said Stephanie Goldsborough, one of the attorneys representing Auman in a phone call. “Emotions are high, Heather like any defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty.”
If Auman is able to pay the bond, she will be subject to Electronic House Arrest while on release.
- FIRST DEGREE MURDER
$1,000,000 Secured Bond