Motion to remove ankle monitor for murder, elder abuse suspect denied

A motion to remove the ankle monitor for murder and elder abuse suspect Ann Harrison was denied in Christian Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

Harrison is facing charges of murder, abuse, neglect and exploitation in connection with the death of 70-year-old Anthony Gilstrap and defense attorney Stephanie Mize says that while she’s been out on bond, she has strictly adhered to her home incarceration. However, Mize requested the ankle monitor be removed, as one of Harrison’s children will be spending the summer with her and she wants to be able to do events and activities with them outside of her home.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Bolen objected to releasing Harrison from the ankle monitor, saying her charges are very serious in nature. Judge Andrew Self agreed and denied the motion.

The original indictments allege that while in a caretaker role, Harrison and her co-defendant—Jacob Gilstrap—forced Jacob’s father, 70-year old Anthony Gilstrap, to live alone in deplorable conditions inside a camper outside of their Timberline Circle home between March 1 and July 10 of last year.

Medical staff who attempted to save his life reported signs of sepsis, gangrene, an open wound to the bone of the victim’s leg and numerous pressure ulcers consistent with neglect.