Bond revoked for man accused of killing teen

By Hailey Winslow, General assignment reporter, hwinslow@wjxt.com
Published On: Jun 25 2014 03:18:32 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2014 03:18:48 PM EDT
Christopher Hoffman

Christopher Hoffman appears in court after police say he violated
conditions of pretrial release.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The man accused of beating a teen to death at a party last year had his bond revoked Wednesday.

A judge ruled 26-year-old Christopher Hoffman violated conditions of his pretrial release by drinking alcohol at a restaurant.

Hoffman was out on bond while awaiting trial for second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Ryan Ford (pictured below) in January 2013.

Prosecutors said Hoffman was on house arrest but had permission to go to the barber shop. But they said he went straight from there to The Pig restaurant and was seen drinking alcohol.

Ryan Ford

The state said someone saw him and called police, who pulled surveillance video inside the restaurant.

Hoffman was originally facing a manslaughter charge. Prosecutors upgraded the charge in September, but Hoffman was allowed to stay at home.

Police said Hoffman helped beat Ford until he was unconscious during a bonfire that hundreds showed up for in the woods off Old Saint Augustine Road near Baptist Medical Center South.

Friends rushed Ford to the hospital, but he died from his injuries.

Hoffman's trial is set for July 14.

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