Alleged killer, Adam Burris, appeared in court for the first time Monday for a bond hearing.
"Between Christmas and New Year’s, Kayla Thompson’s entire family has had their lives turn upside down.
"It’s so senseless,” said Kayla’s uncle, Bill Thompson. “I mean, why? Why would you do such a thing?"
The man charged with her murder, 32-year-old Adam Burris, allegedly abducted and murdered Kayla, one day after Christmas, when she was attempting to do her job as pizza delivery worker.
"We have no idea who he is, we have never seen or met him before in our lives, we don’t know why," Kayla’s mother, Sandra Ruton said.
In a packed courtroom, filled with Thompson’s family and friends; Monday was the first of many court proceedings in this case.
"This first step is just a bond hearing, everybody has a right to have a bond established,” explained Assistant Prosecutor, Kent Biegler. “His bond has been established by the court of a million dollars."
"With a million dollars, he ain’t getting out,” Ruton said. “So I feel good about him staying there."
Judge John Mark Nicholson set the bond this high for two reasons.
"Primary purpose of the bond is to make sure the person appears for any other proceedings in the case, also the court can consider public safety in setting bond," Nicholson explained.
Burris will return to the courtroom on Thursday to decide if he would like to have a preliminary hearing or not, where the Grand Jury may determine additional charges.
As the case moves forward. . . Kayla’s family is hoping for justice.
"I believe in an eye for an eye, and what he done, I think needs to be done to him," Thompson said.