The father of a missing Mobile teenager was out of jail for a short time for his latest court appearance, but he's still not free. Defense Attorney Joseph Dennis was hoping to get a bond set for his client, Demetric Hooper, but the judge denied it once again.
"We were just asking for a reasonable bond," said Dennis. "He's been sitting in jail for about six months, and the case has not been picked up by the Grand Jury. He hasn't been indicted."
Family members from both sides of Brittany Robinson's family were at Government Plaza Tuesday, as state prosecutors tried to prove how Brittany's father was directly linked to her disappearance.
"The charge is Interference with Custody because she was in his care when she went missing," said Mobile Assistant District Attorney Jill Phillips.
Brittany Robinson was just fourteen years old when she was last seen in June of 2012. Since then, there have been few details on her mysterious disappearance. Some family members want to believe she's still alive.
"I still have hope," said Sierra Hooper, the defendant's sister. "I know she's not dead. I know there's nothing wrong with her. Brittany is a very smart girl, and if she wanted to come home, trust me, Brittany will call home."
Brittany has missed practically an entire school year. She would have been a freshman at Murphy High School.
In court Tuesday, prosecutors repeatedly brought up Hooper's troubled mental health history. They said at the time of his arrest, Hooper was getting paid to take schizophrenic medication at a research facility in Arkansas. They also claimed he was extremely violent when officers attempted to extradite him from Arkansas back to Alabama in 2012.
But the defendant's sister says he would never hurt a child.
"He's not going to do anything to hurt his daughter or anybody else," said Sierra Hooper. "He would protect anybody, especially children."
Investigators claim that several suspicious items were found in Hooper's possession at the time of his arrest, including knives, rope, and Brittany's pink iPod.