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Carmen Kaneisha "Neisha" Collins, 17, was denied bond by Judge Katherine Lumsden on Thursday.

Collins is charged with arson and the murder of her 12-year-old sister, India, who prosecutors say was shot multiple times with a .40 caliber handgun on July 3.

Houston County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Bibler said Collins set fire to the family home, stole her parents' car and fled to Columbus where, he alleges, she sold the murder weapon on the street.

"Is it a victory? I mean, we're concerned about the ultimate outcome of this case," said Bibler. "This is just one step in the process."

Defense attorney Nick White said Collins presents a low flight risk with electronic monitoring and said she did not flee to Columbus of her own free will, but did not elaborate.

He recommended she live with a relative in Montezuma and said her parents sent a letter to the judge showing support for her release on bond.

"It wasn't unexpected," said White. "We knew that it was going to be a tough road to hoe to get a bond. I mean the charges are serious."

White says many of the allegations against her are false.

"She denies shooting her sister. She denies going willingly to Columbus," said White. "There are a lot of factual differences obviously between the defense and the state and we will contest every one."

Lumsden said she appreciated the letter from the parents and understood the difficult emotional situation they are in, but that she had to make her ruling based on the criteria for bond.

Bibler countered White's claim that Collins was not a flight risk, saying she was already on bond for a burglary charge when she allegedly reoffended and fled the area.

The judge said she made her decision based on the heightened flight risk, a decision she said was solidified by Bibler's assertion that Collins sold the murder weapon in Columbus.

The girl's parents were in the courtroom. As sheriff's deputies escorted Carmen out, a family member said what sounded like, "hey boo." She smiled and waved at them.

"They love their daughter, and they've never expressed anything but love," said White. "They have visited her every time they've had an opportunity at the jail. The dad takes off work. They just have a lot of support for their daughter."

White says after a judge denies bond you must wait 30 days before you can ask again.

He says that request must be submitted in writing, per Houston County Superior court policy, but he says he does plan to ask again for his client's release.

White says the next step in the case will be an arraignment where he says his client will plead not guilty.

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