ODESSA, Fla. - John Andrew Welden is out of jail and being guarded inside his parent's Odessa house tonight. It's an unusual setup, in an unusual case.
Welden is accused of slipping his former girlfriend, Remee Jo Lee, an abortion pill and killing her fetus.
Karen Spivey lives in the Welden's neighborhood and all the media activity on Friday caught her attention.
"Yes, it was a little startling... kind of surprising to hear that it was here and our neighbor," she said while cutting the grass.
The federal crime carries a possible life sentence and a judge set some strict conditions for Welden's release to ensure this son of a wealthy doctor shows up for trial.
Besides securing a $250,000 bond with their home, Welden's parents had to hire a private security company, which ushered him out of federal custody and to their house Friday afternoon.
Two security officers must guard Welden at all times. He's confined to his house. There are bars on his bedroom windows and he's watched by security cameras, except when he's sleeping or using the restroom. Only his immediate family and legal team can visit. He can only leave the house for medical reasons or court.
On Monday after a federal court hearing on the restrictions, Welden's attorney said all of this comes at a high cost to his parents.
"You're talking about significant money, because you're talking about two officers times 24 hours, times seven days a week, times 30 days. You're talking tens of thousands of dollars a month," said Todd Foster.
Other high profile federal defendants have had similar restrictions, but like this case, it is not the norm.
And in court this week, Welden's parents told a judge it's what they wanted to do. "He's their son, he's their son," said Foster. "They want him to be home with them and he wants to be home with them as well."
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