Defense to file motion for mental health expert in Jonesborough triple homicide

Becky Campbell • Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The Washington County man charged in a triple homicide of his parents and aunt — apparently because he no longer could stand seeing the disappointment in their eyes — will file a motion asking a judge to approve money to hire a mental health expert.

Daniel L. Henry, 38, appeared briefly in Washington County Criminal Court with his attorney, Bill Francisco, on Monday. Francisco told Judge Lisa Rice that his office is preparing a motion to request expert services to assist in preparing the case.

Henry remains held without bond for the shooting deaths of his parents, Robert Kenneth Henry, 66, and Melody Diane Henry, 55, and his aunt, Barbara June Hammonds, 64. The three were killed in the Henry home at 123 Skyline Road in Jonesborough sometime between midnight Oct. 1 and midnight Oct. 2. He fled to New Orleans on a bus, but was tracked by U.S. Marshals to a motel he had checked into under his own name.

“General Clark and I and Mr. Henry and I have spoken ... we’re still gathering some material from out of state..we ask the court to reset (the hearing) to give us that opportunity,” Francisco said.

Clark told Rice he didn’t oppose the delay.

Rice said an evaluation would likely take at least 30 days. She reset the case for June 22 to hear the defense’s motion to request an expert to examine Henry.

Henry was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of first-degree murder. Investigators said he shot his parents and aunt while they slept in their beds.

He remains in custody without bond while the case is pending.




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