Court Hearing Held In Fatal Balcony Fall
Speegle Could Face Murder Charge

Posted February 6, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla.

A man accused in the death of a woman who fell from a hotel balcony was placed under a $50,000 bond on Friday.

Jonathan Speegle could face a murder charge in the death of Nicole Hammond, 29, a mother from St. Cloud.

Hammond fell off a 16th-floor balcony at Marriott World Center near Walt Disney World on New Year's Eve.

Standing together, about 20 of Speegle's family and friends attended the bond hearing in support of him.

Detectives said they believe Speegle pushed Hammond over the balcony. Deputies spoke about why they considered him a suspect, but Mark NeJame, Speegle's attorney, spoke in his defense.

"There are a whole host of possibilities that could occur -- how someone could go over a railing other than them throwing them over," NeJame said.

Speegle has not been formally charged as the state awaits forensic test results. He was ordered to wear a GPS-monitoring device and will be allowed to continue his work as an appraiser in seven Central Florida counties.