Bond request retracted

LAWRENCEVILLE - A motion for bond that would temporarily free a Brookwood student indicted on charges he allegedly molested a 14-year-old was inexplicitly withdrawn Thursday just hours before a scheduled hearing, the second of such occurrences since April.

John Luke Walker's attorney, B.J. Bernstein, said Thursday she withdrew the bond motion - to be heard by Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Tom Davis on Thursday after a scheduled murder trial - based on the "defense's wishes."

What exactly those wishes are remain a mystery. Bernstein was tight-lipped in April when she withdrew an initial motion for bond.

"I am not going to get into a discussion about my thinking," Bernstein said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. "I will do that in court."

Walker, 17, entered a not guilty plea last week to charges of aggravated child molestation and false statements. An additional count of rape was later dropped. Georgia law states aggravated child molestation can apply to a victim under 16 years old who is injured in the act of intercourse.

Walker has remained without bond in the Gwinnett County Jail since March, with the exception of a short, court-approved reprieve to attend a family wedding.

Prosecutors said Walker molested the 14-year-old girl after a party on Feb. 17, causing her physical injury. The incident allegedly occurred at a home on Fawnbrook Court in Lilburn. Police later found the girl there unconscious. Walker was reportedly house-sitting for the home's owners, who were out of town.