Hendrix Denied Bond, Faces Death Penalty

Bobby Hendrix
Bobby Hendrix

STONE COUNTY (WLOX) -- Friday, the man accused of killing former Stone County Supervisor Duncan Hatten faced a judge for the first time. Bobby Hendrix is charged with capital murder and faces the death penalty in the case.

The judge first explained to Hendrix that an initial hearing is not a trial, but an opportunity for the judge to ask the defendant questions. It's also a chance for Hendrix to ask the judge questions about what happens to him next.

Officials with the Stone County Sheriff's Department say during the investigation into Duncan Hatten's murder, police dogs led them to Hendrix's home on Ponderosa Road. That's in the same neighborhood as the Hatten home. He was questioned that night, but released. Thursday night, Hendrix was charged with Hatten's murder.

In court Friday, Judge Jeffrey O'Neal formally notified Hendrix of the Capital Murder charge against him. The judge also went over Hendrix's rights and appointed an attorney to represent him. Hendrix said he could not afford to hire a lawyer.

Then came the issue of bond. Judge O'Neal told the defendant, "Because of the severity of the charge and your prior record, I'm denying you bond. In my opinion you are a danger to the community."

Bobby Hendrix had only two questions for the judge. He asked to be allowed to make a phone call, and for a copy of his constitutional rights.

Visitation for Duncan Hatten took place Friday evening. His funeral service is Saturday at 11am at First Baptist Church of Wiggins. He will be buried at the Wiggins City Cemetery.