Sister of murdered Hollywood woman speaks out

Mudgett's sister speaks to media following suspect's bond hearing
Jerry Lee Manigault (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Jerry Lee Manigault (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The sister of Julia Ann Mudgett, whose body was discovered Friday, spoke to the media following the bond hearing for the man accused in Mudgett's death.

Margaret Fie attended the bond hearing Tuesday morning for Jerry Lee Manigault, who was charged with kidnapping and strong armed robbery in connection with Mudgett's death. A judge denied bond on the kidnapping charge and set a $100,000 bond on the strong armed robbery charge.

After the hearing, Fie spoke to reporters about her late sister.

"She had a happy heart and she's in a happy place," Fie said. "Her husband was a musician and she loved him dearly."

Fie thanked the people of Charleston and the Church of Latter Day Saints for their support and prayers for her family.

The new charges against Manigault were filed Monday in addition to previous charges of first-degree burglary and murder, which were filed on Friday after investigators discovered Mudgett's body about a half-mile from her Toogoodoo Road home in Hollywood. A judge denied bond on the original charges Saturday, court documents state.

Mudgett was reported missing on Tuesday, May 6. Ten days later, her body was found about a half mile from her home. Manigault was named a suspect in Mudgett's disappearance on May 14, two days after he was arrested on an unrelated charge of failing to re-register as a sex offender.

A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in West Ashley.

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