Judge delays murder prelim

Published 1:39 am Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It will be another week before family and friends of the men involved in the September shooting death of a Butler County man hear the preliminary evidence in the capital murder case.

Shelton L. Foster, 59, is being held in the Covington County Jail without bond, accused of murdering 48-year-old Donnie Earl Bone in an area off Old Drag Strip Road last year. Bone was found shot in the back of the head, Sheriff Dennis Meeks said previously.

Foster made his preliminary hearing appearance Monday before District Judge Trippy McGuire, who granted the defense’s request for a continuance. Chris Sledge and Manish Patel of Andalusia are representing him. McGuire set the new hearing for Feb. 12 to give the defense time to review new paperwork.

More than 15 of Foster’s family and friends were in attendance that morning, while Bone was represented by his wife, a sister and another family member.

Foster was charged after a hunter found Bone’s body under a tarp on property adjacent to Foster’s business, Cobra & Mystery LLC, on Airport Road. Investigators also found Bone’s abandoned truck at the business site.