No bail for murder suspect

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 25, 2007

FRANKLIN—Darris Thomas, accused of murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Harley Bethea, will remain in jail with no bond pending a preliminary hearing Nov. 5.

A judge in Franklin’s General District Court declined to grant the 22-year-old Thomas bail during a bond hearing Monday.

The Nov. 5 preliminary hearing will focus on the six charges he faces as a result of the events of the night of Aug. 6, when Bethea died on the street of a gunshot wound he received while walking home from the store.

Bethea was just a few dozen feet from home when he was hit by gunfire at the corner of Mariner Street and Delk Street.

He died in the arms of his sister, who came running when she heard the gunshots.

Franklin police arrested Thomas the following day. He was charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and three counts of discharging a firearm in a public place.

He is being held at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.