PURCELL -- A judge today set a May 7 trial date for Kevin Underwood, who is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the April slaying of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin.
Underwood, 26, was formally arraigned today in the McClain County Courthouse. A judge entered a not-guilty plea on Underwood's behalf and set a Nov. 30 date for a status conference. Prosecutors entered a bill of particulars indicating their plans to seek the death penalty. The trial date assures that no trial will occur until newly elected District Attorney Greg Mashburn takes office. He will replace Tim Kuykendall, who announced the day after Underwood's arrest that he would seek the death penalty. Underwood appeared Wednesday in an orange jail jumpsuit, in shackles, and sporting a beard and longer hair from his earlier appearances. He waived his right to a speedy trial, and answered "yes" in a low voice when asked several questions by his defense attorney. When leaving the courtroom, Underwood was asked by a reporter if he felt badly about what happened. Underwood opened his mouth as if to say something, then apparently changed his mind and walked on.
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