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Man, woman held on $1.5 million bond for alleged torture of Orange Beach man

BAY MINETTE (AP) — A man and woman accused of torturing an Orange Beach man and duct-taping him inside his home are each being held on $1.5 million bond.

At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, a Baldwin County district judge set the high bond for Diana Lashay Byrd, 24, of Atmore, and Hayward Aaron Hartley, 26, of Cottondale.

Orange Beach assistant police chief Greg Duck said the pair are accused of breaking into the home of Shaun Cassidy, 58, who was bound with duct-tape and repeatedly beaten and cut with a knife.

They allegedly used Cassidy's credit cards for a New Year's Eve shopping spree and to rent a motel room. Both were arrested Tuesday at a Mobile area motel.

The attack occurred Saturday and Cassidy was treated and released at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile.

The suspects had gone to Cassidy's home earlier asking to borrow money, but he refused, police said.

Byrd and Hartley are each charged with attempted murder, burglary, robbery and theft.

Duck said the attempted murder charge stems from repeated threats Hartley made on Cassidy's life as well as the nature of the attack.

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