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Man charged with murder of Spalding Co. girl denied bond

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A man charged with murdering his young neighbor was denied bond by a Spalding County judge on Thursday.

Shane Collett's lawyer tried to convince the judge to ban cameras from the court room.  Apparently, he didn't want television viewers to see the murder and kidnapping suspect in jail clothes.

Collett, 40, was charged in December  for the murder of his neighbor and family friend,  9-year old Skylar Dials.  District Attorney Scott Ballard says further autopsy results are needed to determine if she was sexually assaulted, which if true, would add more charges.
Ballard says they now know how she died.

"I need to be a little careful with what I say.  But it appears that she was choked to death," said Ballard.

Judge Tommy Hankinson allowed FOX 5's camera to stay in the court room.  He reminded Collett's attorneys that they had told him on Wednesday they would get street clothes for Collett to wear at the hearing.
The hearing itself was very short.  Collett's attorney's asked for bond for Collett, saying he could live at his parent's house in Fayette County.  He also said Collett had no previous arrest record.

The judge said no, siding with Ballard.

"Well, because a person who would kill a 9-year-old is a danger to all of us," said Ballard.

Ballard is considering the death penalty for Collett. He says he expects the case to go to trial in the next few months. However, if they do seek the death penalty, it could take years to try.

Collett is being held in the Spalding County Jail.

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