CHARLESTON -- A Bertrand man facing murder charges was arraigned again Wednesday, this time on a more serious charge and with an additional charge.
Fred Drury Sr., 54, of Bertrand was originally arraigned Sept. 29 in Division II of Mississippi County Circuit Court on charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action.
Based on more complete information, Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Darren Cann opted to amend the charges. "We decided to charge him with murder in the first degree and add the charge of unlawful use of a weapon," Cann said.
The preliminary hearing is still set for at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 1 as originally scheduled by Judge T. Lynn Brown.
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.
Drury, who remains in the Mississippi County Detention Center at this time, is now being held on a $1 million bond, raised from the original $500,000 bond.
In what may be related news, the house where Burke was found dead burned to the ground early Tuesday morning. Personnel from the Charleston, Miner and Bertand fire departments responded to the blaze at about 2 a.m.
The fire is currently under investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and the state fire marshal.