SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A judge on Thursday granted bond to a Chuluota man accused of killing his family.
The judge set Grant Amato's bond at $750,000.
If Amato posts bond, the judge said he cannot have access to computers or anything involving data, and he will have to wear a GPS monitor. In addition, Amato would only be able to travel to the following counties: Brevard, Volusia, Orange and Lake, and he cannot make contact with his brother.
Amato's attorney, Jeff Dowdy, said his client has proved that he won't flee.
"He had stayed right after, as we stated. The state's evidence, if it is true, he decided to stay right after the deaths had occurred so that shows in evidence, the lack of fleeing right there," Dowdy said.
He maintains that Amato is innocent.
"From what we have reviewed, there's still no physical forensic evidence linking him to this crime," Dowdy said.
Amato faces three counts of first-degree murder.
Records show that Amato had argued with his family in the days leading up to the triple slaying because he stole $200,000 to wire to a woman in Bulgaria he had met on a porn site. Amato claimed he had a relationship with the woman.
News 6 received a copy of a handwritten letter Amato wrote to the girlfriend of his cellmate.
In the letter, Amato said he has "become somewhat of a celebrity."
The state plans to seek the death penalty in this case.
Grant Amato in court today for bond hearing. His attorney's asking for $50k bond, but state asks for "VERY HIGH" bond - arguing Amato's incentive to flee is high and proficiency w.computers is extensive. https://t.co/jwkw9t4EIP — Vanessa Araiza (@VanessaNews6) April 25, 2019
CONT.: State requesting $25 MILLION dollar bond in regards to Chuluota murder suspect, Grant Amato. Also requesting he be fitted with GPS and not allowed to leave Central FL area. — Vanessa Araiza (@VanessaNews6) April 25, 2019
Judge sets Grant Amato's bond at $750,000. He is not to have any access with computers or anything involving data. Ordered to wear GPS monitor and can travel only to the following counties: Brevard, Volusia, Orange, and Lake. Can't have contact with brother. — Vanessa Araiza (@VanessaNews6) April 25, 2019
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