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John Mark Karr out of jail on bond

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge ordered former JonBenet Ramsey suspect John Mark Karr released on bond Sunday for charges related to a domestic argument with his girlfriend and father.

Fulton County Magistrate Judge Jay Roth set a $3,000 signature bond for Karr, 42, who was released Sunday afternoon.

At the brief morning hearing, Karr, handcuffed and dressed in blue jail clothes, stood as the judge went through the proceedings. Karr is expected to appear in court for his misdemeanor charges of battery and obstruction of a 911 call Friday.

Officers received a 911 call on July 6 from his fatherís house in suburban Atlanta about an argument, according to Sandy Springs police.

Since it appears that the two Karrs exchanged blows, officers also issued a citation to the father, Wexford Karr, 86, for simple battery, Sandy Springs Police Lt. Steve Rose said Sunday.

The older Karr was not taken into custody because of his age and because he isnít considered a flight risk, Rose said, but he will have to appear in front of a judge.

That hearing date hasnít been set.

Karr was arrested last summer in Thailand after making bizarre, detailed confessions in the 6-year-old beauty contestantís death, which was a sudden turn in the decade-old Ramsey killing in Boulder, Colo.

But authorities freed the sometime teacher obsessed with the slaying after he was brought back to the U.S. for lack of corroboration for his claims or any indication heíd been near Boulder at the time of the killing.

Karr attended high school in Hamilton, Ala.

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