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'I'm going to burn in hell,' suspect says

By Anthony Thornton Published: August 23, 2006
PURCELL - Moments after confessing to the grisly murder of a 10-year-old neighbor, Kevin Ray Underwood confided to an FBI agent, "I'm going to burn in hell," the agent testified Tuesday.

Craig Overby was the only witness to testify at Underwood's 90-minute preliminary hearing. Afterward, McClain County Special Judge Gary Barger ordered Underwood to face trial in the April slaying of Jamie Rose Bolin.

Underwood, 26, will remain in the McClain County jail until his Sept. 20 formal arraignment.

District Attorney Tim Kuykendall is seeking the death penalty, but he lost his re-election bid last month. His successor, Greg Mashburn, has said he supports the death penalty but hasn't decided whether to continue seeking it in this case.

Underwood's attorneys have not sought a change in venue or a mental competency exam in the case.

Underwood entered court in orange jail coveralls and handcuffs, but no leg shackles.

Underwood's parents and sister sat behind him on the front row of the courtroom gallery, a few feet away from five of Jamie's relatives. The victim's family members have said repeatedly they don't blame Underwood's family.

Security was tight, however. According to a Purcell police supervisor's count, the courthouse contained 12 police officers, six McClain County sheriff's deputies and four armed district attorney's investigators.

Sheriff Don Hewett said he also borrowed a metal detector from the University of Oklahoma for the hearing.

The extra security measures were partially motivated by an incident at Underwood's initial court appearance in April, when a man with no connection to the case tried to rush the courtroom, yelling that Underwood was a "baby killer."

Interview and arrest described
Overby testified he stopped a red pickup driven by Underwood's father about 3:45 p.m. April 14, two days after Jamie disappeared from the second-floor apartment she shared with her father. Underwood lived downstairs and across a breezeway.

The pickup, which also contained Kevin Underwood, was the second vehicle stopped at a Purcell intersection after Overby and state troopers set up one of several checkpoints throughout town.

Brief conversations there and in Overby's FBI car led him to question Underwood further -- without the father present -- at the Purcell police headquarters.

Underwood had confirmed reports from two of Jamie's other neighbors that he was the last person to see her. That made him a person of interest, but not yet a suspect, Overby testified.

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