Judge imposes gag order in slaying of girl | VailDaily.com

Judge imposes gag order in slaying of girl

Associated Press Writer

PURCELL, Okla. – An Oklahoma judge issued a gag order Tuesday to stop what defense attorneys called inflammatory statements about the gruesome slaying of a 10-year-old girl, who prosecutors say was killed by a neighbor who wanted to eat human flesh.Special District Judge Gary Barger met with prosecution and defense attorneys before signing the order prohibiting attorneys, investigators and law enforcement authorities from talking publicly about the case.The defense argued that “inflammatory, prejudicial and conclusory statements” by officials about the suspect were fueling widespread coverage of the case. Prosecutors said they wouldn’t oppose a gag order.The judge also authorized defense attorney Silas R. Lyman II to examine the apartment of Kevin Ray Underwood, a 26-year-old grocery store stocker who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jamie Rose Bolin. Underwood’s lawyer has entered a not guilty plea.Lyman entered the apartment a short time later. Underwood was arrested Friday after he led authorities to the apartment, where they found the girl’s body in a plastic tub sealed with duct tape in his bedroom closet.A final autopsy report will not be ready for several weeks, authorities said.Jamie, whose family lives in an apartment one floor above Underwood’s, was killed last week. She disappeared after going to a library. Her funeral is scheduled Thursday.Underwood was arrested and held without bail after drawing suspicion at a checkpoint near the apartment complex.Authorities believe Underwood lured the 10-year-old into his apartment last week, beat her on the head with a wooden cutting board and suffocated her with his hands and duct tape.Police Chief David Tompkins said investigators believe Underwood sexually assaulted Jamie after he killed her and planned to eat the corpse. Prosecutor Tim Kuykendall said meat tenderizer and barbecue skewers found in his apartment were intended for the little girl.According to a police affidavit, Underwood confessed that he killed Jamie, telling FBI agents: “Go ahead and arrest me. She is in there. I chopped her up.”Police said that while there were deep saw marks on the girl’s neck, she had not been dismembered.Vail, Colorado

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