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Man charged with murder appears in court

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

The Mulberry Grove man charged with killing a Brownstown man last September made his first appearance in court on Thursday morning. During a brief hearing, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor read to David LeRoy Bright the charges filed by Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison on Wednesday afternoon. The information filed by Morrison’s office on Wednesday afternoon alleges that Bright struck James Skinner in the head with a sledgehammer on Sept. 17 of last year, causing the death of Skinner. Two counts of first-degree murder have been filed against Bright, who was transferred from the Bond County Jail on Wednesday to the Fayette County Jail, where he is being held on $1-million bond. The two counts are Class M (murder) charges punishable by up to 60 years in prison. Sheafor told Bright that if the prosecution can prove one of about 17 additional factors, the maximum term could be extended to life in prison. Bright was being held on $10,000 bond in Bond County on a sex offender registration violation charge. At Thursday’s hearing, Sheafor set a preliminary hearing for Bright at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. At least for the time being, Bright is being represented by Public Defender William Starnes. Bright told Sheafor that a friend is looking into the possibility of hiring a private attorney.