MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — A judge has set a $130,000 bond for the Wilmer man accused of murdering his mother and burying her body in a barrel under their front porch.
Nathaniel Sebastian, 32, made his first court appearance since investigators dug up the body of his mother, Susan Mayo, at the family’s home on Wednesday. News 5’s Ashley Knight was there, and says Sebastian made no reaction to the judge’s ruling.
“From what I’ve seen, I’ve seen just a lack of emotion about this,” says Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood.
Sebastian received a $100,000 bond for the murder charge, and $15,000 each for the charges of abuse of a corpse and promoting prison contraband. The last charge was filed after Sebastian allegedly attempted to hide a handcuff key in his mouth as he was being taken into custody.
On Wednesday, Sebastian was served with a search warrant and told that investigators planned to search the ground under the porch of their home on Glenwood Way. Sebastian quickly confessed to knowing his mother’s whereabouts, saying, “my mother is under the porch.”
Sebastian has been the focus of the investigation for months, according to Burch. He was arrested in August after he allegedly disrupted a cadaver dog search on the property and placed on house arrest.
“[Sebastian] very carefully planned to cover up his tracks,” said Burch. “It became clear to us that he has history of anger problems.”