Underwood, 26, wasn't present in court Wednesday when Special Judge Gary Barger set his preliminary hearing for Aug. 22. The brief hearing wasn't even held in the courtroom, but in Barger's chambers. Afterward, District Attorney Tim Kuykendall said he expects a January trial.
Internet diary included complaints about neighbors
Murder defendant Kevin Ray Underwood complained in his Internet diary about noisy tenants at his Purcell apartment building, writing the "young idiots" hang around the stairs "right outside my door all day and night." "They're all out there right now. I can hear them," he wrote July 14 in one of hundreds of entries. "They were there when I came home from work four hours ago, and they've been there the whole time. It's like that every day. I want to ask them, 'What's the point in paying rent on an apartment if you're never going to actually go in it?' "And then I'll kill them, with that shopping cart that someone has left out in the parking lot," he wrote.