Kelly, Sager post bail on reduced bonds
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:00 PM
MADISON - The obscure blogger who broke into a Madison nursing home and snapped a photo of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran's infirmed wife, Rose Cochran, has bonded out of jail.
Clayton Kelly, 29, of Pearl was released on a $75,000 bond last week, reduced from $250,000, after spending 13 days at the Madison County Detention Center following his arrest on May 16.
Richard Sager, a Laurel P.E. teacher, was also released last week when his bond was reduced from $500,000 to $50,000.
Hattiesburg radio host John Beachman Mary and Ridgeland attorney and state Tea Party official Mark Mayfield, two more alleged conspirators, were previously released - Mary for medical reasons and Mayfield after he posted a $250,000 bond.
The four supporters of State Senator Chris McDaniel, Cochran's opponent in the Republican primary for Cochran's U.S. Senate seat, are accused of conspiring to sneak into St. Catherine's Village to snap the photo, which Kelly used in an attack ad that appeared briefly on Kelly's blog "Constitutional Clayton."
Kelly declined comment to reporters upon his release. He faces charges of photo voyeurism, conspiracy and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Sager faces charges of evidence tampering and conspiracy.
The incident occurred on April 20, Easter Sunday, and the video was first posted on Youtube on April 26. Within an hour-and-a-half it was taken down.
Cochran's lawyers got wind of the video and began their own investigation before turning over their findings to the Madison Police Department on May 15.
Kelly was arrested May 16 and the following week the other three alleged conspirators were charged.
Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said he investigation is ongoing, and evidence would be presented to a grand jury upon its completion.