The couple charged with tying her father to a recliner for more than 24 hours pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon.
Mary Jane and Jeffrey Bull, both 41 of 159 Mimosa Drive, also lost their first request for a bond reduction in circuit court.
Jeffrey Bull's attorney, Scott West, said there was evidence in the case to suggest
uggest it was not a straightforward first-degree criminal abuse case and deserved a lower bond than the original amount. In district court proceedings, West said the Bulls were trying to follow proper channels and get help for her 76-year-old father, James Carson, who was diagnosed.
Sheriff's Deputy Paul Howard was executing a mental evaluation transport order on March 3 when he walked into the Bulls' home and saw Carson strapped to a recliner with open wounds on both arms and hands. Carson's feet were also swollen and discolored.