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Judge refuses lower bond in stalking cases against Dothan man

Philip McArdle is accused of 23 counts of Stalking, felonies under Alabama law.
A Houston County judge has denied a request to lower bond for a man accused of stalking women in the Dothan area. District Judge Benjamin Lewis made the ruling after a hearing was held Monday.

During the bond reduction hearing, Lewis heard testimony from Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes and others, including one of the alleged victims. They described how McArdle used a prepaid cell phone to repeatedly call the women. No physical threats are believed to have been made though the calls are alleged to have been of a threatening nature.

McArdle, 50, is accused of 23 counts of Stalking, felonies under Alabama law. All but three of the charges are in Houston County. The others are in Geneva and Coffee Counties.

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bill Rafferty, in a statement late last month, said he believes McArdle targeted at least 20 women though not all victims want to pursue criminal charges.

McArdle is held on bonds totaling more than $4-million.

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