Glenn Jackson, 40, who is charged with the murder of his wife Ella Jackson, has been released from the Madison County Detention Center as of Friday afternoon.
Jackson faced three charges including murder (capitol offense), abuse of a corpse and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.
He posted a cash bond in the early afternoon and was released around 4 p.m. after he completed the set up of his materials for home incarceration.
He smiled and had no comment when asked by reporters if there was anything he would like to say.
He was picked up by two women who loaded a trash bag full of clothes, letters, and other miscellaneous items of Jackson's into a black SUV.
On Oct. 8, Judge James Ishamel Jr. allowed the bond to be reduced to $150,000 cash with several other conditions tied to a bond agreement.
Those include: no violations of law in any respect, home incarceration with an ankle monitor with access to in-person conferencing with his attorney and doctor’s visits, only sibling visitation at his Westwood Drive home in Richmond, no drug or alcohol abuse, random drug screenings, no direct or indirect contact with his six-year-old son, and to comply with all family court orders.
Originally, Jackson’s bond was set for $250,000 in cash and his attorney Thomas Lyons, of Lexington, worked to have it reduced to $125,000 and claimed his client was not a flight risk, had no prior criminal history, has extensive ties in the community and was unable to properly prepare a defense while Jackson is incarcerated because of COVID-19.
Lyons argued the $125,000 cash bond was a still significant and sufficient amount and could guarantee Jackson’s appearance at forthcoming court dates.
“This is a very serious case and we recognize that but there is a presumption of innocence of until proven guilty,” Lyons said in court previously.
The attorney stated this case would be a complicated one and already meeting with Jackson at the Madison County Detention Center was presenting problems and preparing a defense because of COVID-19 restrictions.
“There are literally of dozens of items of evidence that need to be reviewed in connection to the case and the local detention center has already made it clear that I can not meet with him to discuss that evidence in-person,” he said. “It is virtually impossible or extremely difficult to prepare a defense while he is in jail. But I do recognize the seriousness of this case.”
Lyons was contacted by did not give comment before going to press.
Ella Jackson, 48, went missing in October of 2019, and Glenn Jackson, 40, was arrested on April 24. He is accused of dumping her body in a remote area of Pulaski County, where her skeletal remains were found later in that same month.
According to the indictment, Jackson is facing charges of murder (capitol offense), abuse of a corpse and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.
The paperwork states Glenn Jackson placed Ella Jackson's body in a vehicle, moved it to Pulaski County, hid her body, removed her blood from the vehicle and removed and hid the vehicle's floor mats.
Glenn Jackson was arrested after police found “a significant amount of blood” in the trunk of his car. Richmond police say the blood belonged to Ella Jackson.
Investigators discovered that Ella Jackson met with a domestic violence advocate a few days before her disappearance, as well.
Additionally, police located several recordings Ella Jackson secretly made of her and Glenn Jackson’s arguments. She also told several individuals that she was afraid of Glenn Jackson, and if anything ever happened to her, her husband would be responsible.
“It is a reasonable inference that Ella is no longer alive, that she met her death through criminal means at her residence on Oct. 20, 2019, and (Glenn Jackson) intentionally caused the death of his wife,” his arrest citation reads.