Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hearing on Bail for Drury Cut Short Lawyers Were Seeking to Reduce Earlier Figure

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hearing on Bail for Drury Cut Short Lawyers Were Seeking to Reduce Earlier Figure

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Physician Carl M. Drury Jr., who was arrested Aug. 24 on a charge of hiring an undercover agent to kill his estranged wife, likely will remain in federal custody for at least another week after a hearing on reducing his $5 million bail was cut short.

Drury's lawyers have asked U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. to amend the bail set Aug. 30 by U.S. Magistrate G.R. Smith, who required $1.25 million of the bail would have to be posted in cash and that Drury would have to leave the area and live under the 24-hour supervision of a family member. A federal grand jury indicted Drury Sept. 14 on four counts of using a telephone to arrange a murder and one count of possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Bowen recessed the hearing in Brunswick yesterday after the U.S. Attorney's Office could not fulfil a request from Tom A. Withers, Drury's lawyer, that he be provided with recorded telephone calls and personal meetings the government said Drury had with Louis J. Valoze, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms undercover agent.

Valoze has testified that an ATF firearms instructor, Steve Whatley, gave Drury the undercover cell phone number for Valoze. Whatley said he gave the number after Drury persisted in asking Whatley to help him kill his estranged wife Mary, Valoze said.

Valoze testified that Drury told him he wanted his wife killed because she had ruined him financially.

Drury was having to sell his own house at the same time Mary Drury was having one built for herself, "which didn't set too well with him," Valoze said of Drury.

The testimony on Drury's financial status may be important in considering whether to amend the bail.

As he opened the hearing yesterday, Bowen asked if anything had changed in the case since the original bail hearing.

Withers said there were some changes, that contrary to earlier testimony, Drury did not have a $1 million life insurance policy on his wife and that a federal grand jury had subsequently indicted Drury.

McCullough said the government had never raised the insurance policy as Drury's motive for having his wife killed. …

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