The suspect charged in a reported homicide last month in Neylandville has received an appointed attorney.
Deanthony Blakely, 28, has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the death of Michael Anthony Fluellen, 59, of Neylandville early on the morning of May 16.
Blakely remains in custody at the Hunt County Detention Center, where he was being held in lieu of $500,000 bond on the charge.
A hearing was conducted last Tuesday in the 354th District Court to determine whether Blakely had been able to retain an attorney since he was arrested and formally charged on May 17.
As he had no such attorney in place prior to the hearing, Judge Keli Aiken moved to appoint attorney D. Keith Willeford to represent Blakely.
An interim hearing was still to be scheduled as of Wednesday evening and Willeford was not immediately able to be reached for comment.
Blakely has not yet been indicted. The next session of the current Hunt County grand jury, completing a term during which local prosecutors have presented evidence in felony cases for consideration by the 196th District Court, is scheduled June 28.
A new grand jury is expected to be seated early next month to begin a six-month term of presenting evidence in felony cases for consideration of the 354th District Court.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at around 12:40 a.m. May 16, about a person being shot at a residence in the 2100 block of County Road 4311.
As deputies responded it was learned the suspect had fled the scene on foot.
American Medical Response and patrol deputies made the scene and attempted life saving measures on Fluellen, however their attempts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Blakely was located nearby and detained without incident.
Murder is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison.