Brooks Houck, facing charges of murder and tampering with evidence related to the 2015 disappearance of Crystal Rogers, was denied a reduction in his $10 million bond by Nelson County Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms III. The judge stated that the bond amount was necessary to ensure Houck’s appearance in court, protect witnesses and individuals associated with the case, and maintain the integrity of the proceedings.
Houck’s attorney, Brian Butler, claimed the bond was excessive and unconstitutional. He suggested a reduced bond of $500,000, complete with GPS monitoring and work release, labeling Houck as a “low-risk defendant.” However, Judge Simms countered by pointing out Houck’s considerable financial assets, citing state records that reveal Houck’s ownership of three businesses and 83 Nelson County properties valued at around $8.5 million.
Recent revelations during Houck’s arraignment linked Brooks’ brother, Nick Houck, to another unsolved Bardstown murder involving Tommy Ballard. Judge Simms highlighted the concerning collaboration between the brothers, especially noting Nick Houck’s previous interference in the Rogers investigation. The judge also raised alarms about the Houck family’s secret recording of the grand jury proceeding, a clear violation of criminal procedure rules.
Brooks Houck’s next court date is slated for Feb. 8, 2024. He remains in custody at the Hardin County Detention Center.