BY KEN LITTLE
An Afton man charged with second-degree murder had his first General Sessions Court appearance on Monday.
Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr. set a preliminary hearing date of Oct. 16 for Ronald Eugene Brickey, 49, of 1760 West Pines Road.
Brickey was charged early Saturday following the death of Samuel Eanes, sheriff's deputies said in a report.
Brickey "did knowingly kill" Eanes by shooting him in the head with a 9 millimeter pistol, the report said.
The shooting happened at Brickey's house, at 1760 West Pines Road.
Sheriff Steve Burns said Monday that Eanes and Brickey knew each other.
Eanes and a woman had apparently been invited to the house by Brickey before the shooting, Burns said.
Alcohol use was an apparent factor in the incident, the sheriff said.
"They were acquaintances, and they were invited there (and Eanes and Brickey) got into a dispute. Alcohol was involved, and it resulted in one being killed," Burns said.
Deputies were called to the scene at 12:41 a.m. Saturday, according to the sheriff.
The alleged murder weapon was recovered, Burns said.
Brickey is an employee of the Washington County Highway Department, according to the arrest report.
A public defender was designated by Bailey to represent him on the second-degree murder charge, court officials said.
Brickey remains held on $250,000 bond pending his Oct. 16 court appearance.