No bail for mom accused of killing son in hotel

The News Leader

April 23, 2010 4:30:36 PM PDT
A multimillionaire charged with killing her autistic son in a posh New York City hotel won't get to await her trial at her town house. A Manhattan judge turned down Gigi Jordan's $5 million bail request Friday. The judge said her wealth and apparent psychological problems make her a flight risk. Jordan had offered to freeze her access to her $40 million fortune and hire security guards to watch her.

The decision means Jordan will remain in a hospital jail ward.

She has pleaded not guilty to murder. Her lawyer says he's considering appealing the bail ruling.

Jordan wrote a letter indicating she planned to kill herself and her 8-year-old son before he was found dead and she incoherent at the Peninsula Hotel Feb. 5.

Prosecutors say she may have staged the suicide attempt. Her lawyer calls the claim baseless.