Bond denied for Mississippi man accused of killing son
Sep. 01, 2018
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his son has been denied bond.
The Hattiesburg American reports 45-year-old Joel "Chad" Graves, of Hattiesburg, made his initial court appearance Friday via video conferencing from Forrest County Jail before Municipal Judge Wes Curry.
Graves is accused of shooting his son, 20-year-old Joel "Scott" Graves, as the two argued Aug. 16. The father was charged Wednesday. Police say the shooting stemmed from a domestic altercation.
Assistant Public Defender Benjamin Thornton asked Curry to consider bond for his client. Curry said he had to weigh safety over Graves' right to bond after considering the facts of the case.
A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 14.
Scott Graves' death was the seventh homicide in Hattiesburg for 2018.
Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com