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he bond set for Antonio Marquis Willis, 25, of Killeen, on a first-degree murder charge was $4 billion, Bell County Jail records indicated Tuesday.

Bell County’s $4 billion bond may actually set a record for the highest bond set in U.S. history.

It’s the highest bail Bell County Deputy Chief Chuck Cox said he’s ever heard of in the Bell County Jail, Cox said Tuesday.

The previous highest bond Cox remembers set in the jail by a justice of the peace was $1 million, he said Wednesday.

The jail’s booking software won’t recognize a number as high as $4 billion, so the figure of $1,000,000,999 was decided on so something would show up, Cox said.

The bond was set by Claudia Brown, a Democrat who was elected Bell County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Place 1 in November.

Click here to read more of Deborah McKeon’s story from the Temple Daily Telegram.