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Teen staying in jail, accused of murdering his grandmother with bat

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A judge ordered a teen, accused of murdering his grandmother over cigars, to be held without bond Thursday.

Gary Long, Butts County Sheriff, said JeNorman Bland, 18, beat Glenda Woodard, 61, to death with an aluminum baseball bat. It happened Tuesday night at Woodard's home on Dub Walker Road in Jackson. Bland lives right behind her. It happened after the teen asked to borrow Woodard's car to go to the store to buy cigars. She told him no because she had to go to work.

"He's shown some remorse," said Long.

Family members told CBS46 News Bland was schizophrenic and bipolar and likely didn't realize what he was doing.

Griffin Police arrested Bland just hours after the murder, after family members told them he'd likely be in Griffin at his brothers' home. Police found the teen and the stolen car.

"Always with grandma, always, and she doted on them. To think something like this happened, you can't even get your mind wrapped around it," Marge McNaught, owner of Dream Catcher Senior Care Communities said. McNaught said she watched Bland grow up. Woodard would bring him to Dream Care where she was night supervisor.

"Everybody here is in total shock," said McNaught.

Bland is expected back in court March 20 before a superior court judge for a bond hearing. He is charged with felony murder, but authorities said more charges would be likely. He's being held in the Butts County Jail.

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