MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Kenny Richardson, 19, appeared in a Mobile County courtroom just two days after he allegedly killed his stepfather with an ax.
During the hearing, Judge George Hardesty set as well as assigned Richardson an attorney, which is uncommon this early in a case.
"I think he did it because of the high profile nature of the crime and because of the age of the defendant," said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Wright.
Attorney Art Powell was assigned to the case. He agreed with the district attorney's office on the need for representation.
"I think it had a lot to do with this young man's age, the circumstances, and his demeanor in the courtroom," Powell said.
Judge Hardesty asked Richardson several questions about his background, including if he finished high school and what he did to make a living. Richardson barely spoke, and at times didn't answer at all.
Powell told FOX10 he believed Hardesty assigned Richardson an attorney partly due to his demeanor in court.
"He just seemed like a very scared young man, and it appeared obvious to everyone in the courtroom," Powell said.
The incident happened Tuesday night at the home of Richardson's stepfather 67-year-old Rayford Rivers. Rivers died on the way to the hospital.
Richardson surrendered Wednesday morning saying the word "misunderstanding" as he was being taken to metro jail.
Hardesty set bond at $100,000. The next hearing for Richardson has been set for Wednesday, October 10.
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