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Judge increases bond for Bartlett murder suspect

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Bartlett man accused of murdering his wife has spent the past weeks attending football games and playing basketball, all while out on bond.

Those details and more were revealed during a hearing Tuesday as prosecutors argued the bond against Thomas Pate should be increased.

Pate is accused of shooting his wife, Micah, in the head, and then dumping her body in the Loosahatchie River Bottoms.  With the charge against Pate recently upgraded to 1st degree murder, prosecutors argued his bond amount should be increased from the original $250,000.

Defense attorney Leslie Ballin disagreed.

"Both the safety of the community and appearance in court is satisfied by the quarter million dollar bond," Ballin said.

Currently, Pate is living with his parents in their basement near Atlanta, Georgia.

"He goes to counseling," said his father, Thomas V. Pate. "Other than that, his hours are nine in the morning to until sometimes nine at night. But at least a 45 to 50 hour week."

But the older Pate admitted that his son has total access to his own pick-up truck at any time.  Thomas Pate, he said, plays recreation league basketball, goes to University of Georgia home football games in Athens, and visits his sister in Nashville.  Pate has even been back to Arkansas to put flowers on Micah's grave, and has attempted to reconcile with her family.

"He's basically living as he wants to with no supervision other than parental supervision," prosecutor Missy Branham said.

The judge partially agreed, raising Pate's bond to $500,000.  Deputies then booked him into the Shelby County Jail.

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