Augustine's Family Lashes Out

The family of former Nevada state Controller Kathy Augustine is lashing out against a judge's order setting bail for Chaz Higgs, her widower who is accused of killing her with a paralyzing drug.

In a written statement, Augustine's brother, Phil Alfano, calls Higgs a "pyschopath" and says the family is angry he will be allowed to walk free pending trial in june.

Higgs has been held without bail since his arrest in September.

After a 90-minute hearing Thursday, Washoe District Judge Steven Kosach set bail at 250-thousand dollars, with provisions that Higgs not leave the state and remain in daily contact with his lawyers.

One of his attorneys, David Houston, said afterward that Higgs should be able to post bail next week.

Higgs has pleaded not guilty to murder and is scheduled to stand trial June 18th.

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