CHARLESTON -- A Bertrand man facing murder charges entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday in Circuit Court and the case will now head to trial.
Fred Drury Sr., 54, of Bertrand, appeared before Judge David Dolan Tuesday and entered his plea of not guilty on charges of first degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Drury is charged in the shooting death of Bobby Joe Burke, 25, of Charleston who was found dead at Drury's home near Bertrand around midnight Sept. 18.
Burke apparently died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen, according to Mississippi County Coroner Terry A. Parker.
The jury trial is scheduled to be held over three days beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 11, 2005.
Drury is currently being held on a $1 million bond and his attorney, Curtis Poore, made a motion to reduce the amount on Tuesday. A bond reduction hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14.