Man, woman held on $1.5 million bail in Orange Beach torture case

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   BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) -- A man and woman accused of torturing an
Orange Beach man and duct-taping him inside his home are each being
held on $1.5 million dollars bond.
   At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, a Baldwin County district
judge set the high bond for Diana Lashay Byrd, 24, of Atmore, and
Hayward Aaron Hartley, 26, of Cottondale.
   Orange Beach assistant police chief Greg Duck said the pair are
accused of breaking into the home of Shaun Cassidy, 58, who was
bound with duct-tape and repeatedly beaten and cut with a knife.
   They allegedly used Cassidy's credit cards for a New Year's Eve
shopping spree and to rent a motel room. Both were arrested Tuesday
at a Mobile area motel.
   The attack occurred Saturday and Cassidy was treated and
released at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in
Mobile. The suspects had gone to Cassidy's home earlier asking to
borrow money, but he refused. Byrd and Hartley are each charged
with attempted murder, burglary, robbery and theft.
   Duck said the attempted murder charge stems from repeated
threats Hartley made on Cassidy's life as well as the nature of the
attack.
   He said additional charges are pending.

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