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$2 million bond for man accused in 2013 hit-and-run death

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's a case that took law enforcement nearly two years to solve: a hit and run in Hinds County that left a mother of three dead.

We were the only station in the courtroom as 34-year-old Michael Triplett faced a Hinds County judge for the first time. Triplett had nothing to say to our camera as deputies took him to his initial appearance Friday afternoon.

He had already turned himself in hours earlier in connection with the death of 49-year-old Maury Michelle Cole-Flint. Someone found Flint's body in a median on Highway 49 near Pocahontas almost two years ago.

As the investigation went on -- with no arrests -- the family's search for justice intensified.

On a Facebook page in memory of Flint, family members first offered a $2,500 reward. Then, as months went by, that tripled, finally reaching $25,000 just last year.

Then there are excerpts from Flint's children: "We love you, mama. You will never be forgotten."

"It is a great relief that we're able to and our investigators are able to give some comfort and some closure, if there is such a thing," Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Warren Strain said.

During Triplett's initial appearance, Judge Melvin Priester asked him about prior arrests. The first took place in 2011, where he had been released on bond for a traffic violation.

Triplett said he didn't remember that.

Another case involved a stolen property charge. Triplett said that was later returned.

It's unclear if that factored into Priester's decision to stick Triplett with a $2 million bond, a million for each charge.

Priester decided Triplett was a danger to his community and a flight risk, especially since he didn't come forward until almost two years later.

But why do Triplett's charges -- leaving the scene of an accident involving death and conspiracy -- not include aggravated assault or vehicular homicide?

So far, that hasn't been revealed.

"What exactly occurred that night is still being developed. He'll be interviewed and there'll be other interviews conducted as well," Strain said.

If convicted, Triplett could face up to 20 years in prison.

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