NEWBERRY — Resident Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith denied bond late Friday for Allen Lee Koon, the man charged with the death of his wife in November 2012.
Koon is accused of the Nov. 23, 2012, death of Cindy Koon whose body was found by a kayaker on the Broad River.
Dale Scott, deputy solicitor for the Eighth Circuit, asked that bond for Allen Koon, 43, be denied during the hearing on Thursday, saying his family has property in Tennessee and that he has vehicles registered there. Scott also said that multiple passports were found in Allen Koon’s house, that he travels outside the United States and has had jobs all across the country.
But Koon’s attorney Jack Swerling said the land and vehicles belong to Allen Koon’s father and that one of the passports found at Allen Koon’s house was not his client’s. He also said the jobs were part of Koon’s tree cutting business and the travel outside of the United States had been with his family.
Swerling asked for bond and house arrest be given to Allen Koon so that he could have finances to help keep the family home and to help stabilize life for his children.
Scott said Cindy Koon was last seen on Thanksgiving Day and was found 10 to 12 hours after she was killed. Her cause of death was a stab to the neck.
As Newberry County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the body being found, Allen Koon reported his wife missing. He told authorities various stories, including that she had left home, that she might have a gun and shoot herself, and that she fell down stairs.
Scott said Allen Koon then stopped answering questions and asked for an attorney. Scott said the case is still under investigation and evidence is still being processed.