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Murder suspect to remain on house arrest

NATCHEZ — An Adams County woman accused of killing her boyfriend last year remains out on house arrest after her release was reviewed Thursday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Jessica Aldridge, who was impregnated while she was incarcerated at the Adams County Jail, last had her bond reduced to $100,000 on April 10 with specified terms and conditions for her release.

Judge Debra Blackwell’s order decreasing the bond states that the bond was reduced after “considering … the COVID-19 pandemic” and the potential problems because of Aldridge’s medical condition.

During the April 10 bond hearing, Blackwell ordered that Aldridge be placed under house arrest with an electronic monitoring device and prohibited her from having any visitors or contact with her children or the family of the victim, Joseph Cupit, who was shot and killed on March 17, 2019.

Upon further review of her release on Thursday, Blackwell said there had been no findings that Aldridge had violated any of the conditions of her parole in monitoring reports that had been sent weekly to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Leonard Logan, who has had custody of Aldridge since her release, said on Thursday that ACSO deputies had been to search his home and some of them were not wearing masks after he’d been required to consent to random searches.

Blackwell further ordered that all deputies entering their home must wear masks.

Blackwell said the conditions of her release would remain unchanged and scheduled another court appearance for 9 a.m. on Aug. 24.