Bond lowered for Southaven murder suspect before teen girl kille - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bond lowered for Southaven murder suspect before teen girl killed

Travis Carnes (SOURCE: SCSO) Travis Carnes (SOURCE: SCSO)
SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) -

The man who is accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in Southaven had been arrested before for a violent rampage against the teen and her mother.

Travis Carnes, 25, is the man Southaven Police Department said shot and killed Nathidia Hernandez, 13, on Sunday. 

Court documents show that Carnes terrorized the Hernandez family in DeSoto County in August. He was arrested for breaking into their home and setting it on fire. 

Carnes was placed in jail on charges of burglary and arson, and the family moved out of that home.

However, WMC Action News 5 investigators uncovered that someone then lowered Carnes' bond from $250,000 to $30,000.

With a lower bond, Carnes got out of jail, tracked down the Hernandez family, and killed young Nathidia.

It's unclear at this point who signed off on lowering Carnes' bond and why they made that decision.

"We still got a lot of background work to find out what happened and why it happened," Southaven Police Department Lieutenant Mark Little said.

This case forces many people to wonder: Did the system fail the Hernandez family?

"Did the system fail the Hernandez family? Well I don't know. The system, everything looked to be in place," Little said. "I haven't really studied their file...He was charged, he's in the system. Everyone is afforded a bond, and you're innocent until proven guilty."

Carnes' criminal history dates back to 2012. Shelby County court documents show that a neighbor complained that Carnes put a sawed off shotgun on the hood of his truck when the neighbor complained about Carnes putting trash on her property.

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