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Woman's bond set at $1 million in Raleigh's North Hills murder case

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

A woman charged with murder in the case of a North Hills woman found dead in her apartment has had her bond set at $1 million by a Wake County superior court judge.

Sarah Rene Redden appeared before Judge Donald Stephens Thursday and her bond was set at $1 million, plus electronic house arrest. She was ordered to have no contact with the victim’s family or the co-defendants.

Melissa Huggins-Jones was found dead early on the morning of May 14 by her 8-year-old daughter in her apartment at 441 Allister Drive in Raleigh. Investigators say Huggins-Jones died from blunt force trauma, and the suspects tried to burglarize her home.

Raleigh Police arrested Ronald Lee Anthony Jr., Redden, and Travion Devonte Smith in Wake Forest. They were charged with the murder of Huggins-Jones.

While responding to Huggins-Jones' apartment, warrants say police were alerted to a burglary in the apartment directly below hers. Subsequent forensic DNA evidence linked the burglary to Huggins-Jones' murder.

Among the items stolen from the apartment below Huggins-Jones was an orange Lenovo laptop, which warrants say was later listed for sale on Craigslist. Investigators reached out to the seller to purchase the laptop, but the seller did not show up to the predetermined location to make the sale.

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