Abilene newborn murder suspect free on bail

Damian Scott Cate

ABILENE, Texas - (UPDATE) Damian Scott Cate, the 22-year-old man accused of killing his newborn daughter in January, is out of jail.

According to jail records, Cate posted bail Thursday afternoon after it was reduced from $300,000 to $100,000.

Cate was indicted on charges of murder and tampering with evidence. A trial date has not been set at this time.

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A Taylor County judge agreed to reduce the bond of a man accused of killing his newborn baby.

Damian Cate's bond will be reduced from $300,000 to $100,000.

The original bond on the murder charge was $250,000. It has been reduced to $50,000. A $50,000 bond for tampering with evidence remains the same.

Three weeks ago, a grand jury indicted Cate and his girlfriend, Amber Craker, for the Jan. 18 murder of their infant.

According to an autopsy, the infant was stabbed multiple times before it was tossed in the trash at the couple's south Abilene home.

In April, Judge Thomas Wheeler ruled Craker incompetent to stand trial. She was ordered to a state mental health facility in Vernon. After spending up to 120 days at the facility, a judge will determine if she regained competency.

Cate and Craker also face a charge of tampering with evidence with intent to impair a human corpse charge.

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