Father flees haunting memories

By Anthony Thornton Published: May 4, 2006
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PURCELL - Curtis Bolin skipped Wednesday's court hearing for the man accused of killing his 10-year-old daughter. A more pressing matter occupied his time.

As a McClain County judge scheduled Kevin Ray Underwood's preliminary hearing, Bolin carried armload after armload of his daughter's belongings to a waiting trailer outside the Purcell Park Apartments.

It was moving day at the second-floor apartment Curtis and Jamie Rose Bolin called home for the past year.

The job required countless trips past Apartment 115, where Underwood lived and where, investigators say, Jamie spent the final, terrifying moments of her life.

"I just try to pretend it's not there. That's all you can do," Bolin said.

Prosecutors allege Underwood, 26, lured the freckled, red-haired girl into his apartment April 12, then hit her in the head with a cutting board as she watched a cartoon on his television.

After she screamed and cried and pleaded for her life, Underwood smothered her with his hands and duct tape before trying to cut off her head with a dagger, officials allege.

Jamie's body was found April 14 in a blue, taped-shut plastic tub in Underwood's closet.

January trial predicted
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.

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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.

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