Sessions Court Judge Robert Lincoln also appointed Henry a public defender as he awaits an Oct. 29 preliminary hearing on three counts of first-degree murder.
During the arraignment, Investigator Will Rhodes told Lincoln that he felt Henry was a flight risk because he had already fled to New Orleans after the killings.
Washington County deputies returned to Jonesborough late Wednesday with Henry at the end of a daylong trip from New Orleans, where he was captured after the bodies of his parents and aunt were discovered earlier this month. Henry, 38, of Jonesborough, had been in an Orleans Parish jail since his arrest Oct. 3.
He’s charged with killing his parents, Robert and Diane Henry, 55, and his aunt, Barbara Hammonds, 59. The three were found shot to death inside the Henrys’ Skyline Road residence in Jonesborough in the early morning hours of Oct. 3. Officers went there to check on the residents after getting a call from a woman in California who said Daniel Henry called her and said he’d killed his family. U.S. Marshals found Henry at a motel in New Orleans after tracking him to that city. He rented a room using his own name, officials said.
Washington County Sheriff’s Capt. Larry Denny and a deputy traveled to New Orleans this week and drove Henry back to Jonesborough Wednesday.
Investigators believe the victims were killed between midnight Oct. 1 and midnight Oct. 2. When officers found the bodies, Henry was not in the area so they launched a search, initially believing he was headed to California. That search ended in New Orleans when officials tracked him to the motel there.
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