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Covey murder case goes to Grand Jury

A Pulaski murder suspect waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
The hearing for Tony W. Covey lasted only a few minutes after Covey was escorted into the Pulaski County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courtroom in shackles and jail clothes.
Although prosecutors were ready to present evidence in the second degree murder case, it wasn’t necessary after defense attorney Tom DeBusk said Covey stipulates the evidence is sufficient to certify the case to a Pulaski County Circuit Court Grand Jury.
Wednesday’s hearing was in J & D court because Covey and 42-year-old Shelby F. Cline shared a home at the time Covey is alleged to have cut Cline’s throat.
Cline was found dead at the Summit Street home Feb. 21 when Pulaski Police Department responded to a 1:30 a.m. call reporting that a homicide had occurred there. The defendant and alleged victim had lived in the home only a couple of days when the incident occurred.
Police said the apparent cause of death was a cut to the throat that resulted in massive blood loss.
Judge H. Lee Chitwood was slated to hear evidence in the preliminary hearing.
If the grand jury finds evidence sufficient to issue an indictment, Covey will be tried in circuit court by his choice of judge or jury.

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Covey murder case goes to Grand Jury

A Pulaski murder suspect waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
The hearing for Tony W. Covey lasted only a few minutes after Covey was escorted into the Pulaski County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courtroom in shackles and jail clothes.
Although prosecutors were ready to present evidence in the second degree murder case, it wasn’t necessary after defense attorney Tom DeBusk said Covey stipulates the evidence is sufficient to certify the case to a Pulaski County Circuit Court Grand Jury.
Wednesday’s hearing was in J & D court because Covey and 42-year-old Shelby F. Cline shared a home at the time Covey is alleged to have cut Cline’s throat.
Cline was found dead at the Summit Street home Feb. 21 when Pulaski Police Department responded to a 1:30 a.m. call reporting that a homicide had occurred there. The defendant and alleged victim had lived in the home only a couple of days when the incident occurred.
Police said the apparent cause of death was a cut to the throat that resulted in massive blood loss.
Judge H. Lee Chitwood was slated to hear evidence in the preliminary hearing.
If the grand jury finds evidence sufficient to issue an indictment, Covey will be tried in circuit court by his choice of judge or jury.

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