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Triple homicide: Daniel Henry's preliminary reset for Dec. 15

Becky Campbell • Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 8:44 PM

The man charged with killing his parents and aunt last month before taking off for New Orleans appeared in Washington County General Sessions Court Thursday just long enough for a judge to set a preliminary hearing.

Daniel Henry, 38, of Jonesborough, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the triple homicide that happened in the family’s Jonesborough home Oct. 3. Washington County sheriff’s deputies went to the house on a welfare check after a woman in California called 911 there to report Henry had called her and told her he’d killed his family. The California dispatch center contacted authorities here to go check on the Henrys.

Robert and Melody Henry and Barbara Hammonds were all found shot to death inside the Henrys’ home on Skyline Road. Officials have not said how many times the victims were shot or where they were located in the house.

Daniel Henry was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and New Orleans police in a hotel there. They apparently used his cell phone to track him down.

Henry made his third court appearance in Jonesborough on Thursday where Judge James Nidiffer reset the case for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 15. Henry is represented by public defender’s office attorneys Phillip Ratliff and Bill Francisco. Francisco usually works only in Criminal Court, but he has joined the case in its early stages. He had previously been in court for Henry’rs arraignment and at his first preliminary hearing setting.

Henry is being held without bond while the case is pending.

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