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Hearing prepared for murder suspect

By Chad Previch Published: July 29, 2006
PURCELL — Attorneys in a man’s murder trial met with a judge Friday to discuss security and other issues for next month’s preliminary hearing.

Kevin Ray Underwood, 26, is charged in McClain County District Court with first-degree murder in the death of Jamie Rose Bolin, 10, of Purcell. Authorities said Underwood confessed to killing the girl as part of a cannibalistic plot in April.

Underwood did not appear with his attorneys Friday. Assistant District Attorney David Batton represented the prosecutor’s office. The lawyers met in Special Judge Gary Barger’s chambers.

The court proceeding Friday updated Barger on the case’s discovery process, according to a court minute signed by the judge. Underwood’s preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 22.

Defense attorney Silas Lyman declined comment Friday. Batton said security will be increased for the August court date.

Armed police officers on rooftops and in the court building monitored the crowd at Underwood’s initial court appearance in April. A man with a cutting tool in his pants pocket tried to rush into the courtroom, yelling that Underwood is a baby killer.

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