Calhoun County, AL – Randy Moeller, District Court Judge, denied a bond reduction motion in the kidnapping case of a local woman despite defense attorney Shelby Scott’s motion to reduce the $4 million bond. Tony White, 47, of Anniston, is accused of kidnapping the victim from her home and putting her in his trunk before driving her to his home and sexually assaulting her. Sheriff Matthew Wade, Captain Stone of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, Assistant District Attorney Eric Snyder, and First Assistant District Attorney Laura Phillips held a press conference last week announcing that White’s DNA has preliminarily been linked to two other rape cases. White is now under investigation for the sexual assault of three elderly women over the last decade and it was also released that he worked for a company that offers home care to elderly patients.
During the probable cause hearing law enforcement testimony revealed prosecutors believe White followed the victim home from a Walmart on July 4, before forcing her in the trunk of his car at knifepoint and driving her to his home. During the hearing one investigator shared how they used license plate reading cameras to track the suspect’s vehicle and discovered his name and how debit card transactions helped track him down in Kentucky. The most emotional testimony came from the 75 year old victim of the July 4th kidnapping as she explained in graphic detail what happened in White’s bedroom. “He got on top of me. He raped me a couple of times. I was crying and begging trying to get him to stop.” The victim went on to describe how she was duct taped to a chair in White’s bedroom until investigators rescued her a few hours later after White had left the scene. The judge in this case, Randy Moeller ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury.