Crime

Colleyville murder suspect removed from house arrest

Headed to the Tarrant County Community Supervision and Corrections Department to be fitted for an ankle bracelet, Bernard Joseph Gorman, the 26-year-old Irish Traveller charged with murder in the death of a housekeeper in Colleyville, leaves the Lon Evans Corrections Center escorted by Community Supervision and Corrections officers (left) after posting bond.
Headed to the Tarrant County Community Supervision and Corrections Department to be fitted for an ankle bracelet, Bernard Joseph Gorman, the 26-year-old Irish Traveller charged with murder in the death of a housekeeper in Colleyville, leaves the Lon Evans Corrections Center escorted by Community Supervision and Corrections officers (left) after posting bond. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A condition placing a 26-year-old murder suspect under 24-hour home confinement following his release Tuesday from jail on bond has been lifted.

State District Judge George Gallagher removed the bond restriction Friday so that Bernard Joseph “Little Joe” Gorman can work.

Larry Moore, chief of the Tarrant County district attorney’s Criminal Division, said he did not object to the removal of the bond condition, which had been requested by Gorman’s defense attorney, Steven Rocket Rosen.

“I don’t have an objection — as long as he’s on a monitor and confined to Tarrant County — to him going out and earning a living,” Moore said.

Gorman and his father, Gerard “Joe” Gorman, are accused in the Sept. 23 fatal stabbing of Anita Fox inside a Colleyville home where the 69-year-old Alvarado woman worked as a housekeeper. Police say the pair stalked and killed Fox in hopes of collection proceeds from a $1 million life insurance policy that Fox didn’t know existed.

Gerard Gorman died of apparent natural causes before he could be arrested in the case.

The father and son are Irish Travellers, a secretive, nomadic group that often make their money on the road in blue-collar trades like roofing and asphalt sealing.

Gallagher had placed Gorman under home confinement after his release from the Tarrant County Jail last week.

Rosen had expressed outrage about the added home confinement condition in an earlier interview with the Star-Telegram, saying, “This is not Nazi Germany!”

He said he would file a motion asking Gallagher to remove the house arrest stipulation and, if it were not removed, would appeal to a higher court.

Rosen had previously been unsuccessful in getting his client’s bail reduced from $500,000, arguing that his client had no criminal history, was not a flight risk and that his family could not raise the money to free him on bond.

When asked how his client’s family was able to post bond, Rosen told the Star-Telegram, “I think they shopped around and shopped around and shopped around and found a bondsman willing to put up that type of collateral.”

Under the latest bond conditions, Gorman, a married father of a young daughter, can now leave home at 6 a.m. but must be home by midnight and must provide proof of employment to his community supervision officer each time he reports in, the judge has ordered.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

  Comments