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Bond County man charged with murder allegedly used sledgehammer in killing

David Leroy Bright
David Leroy Bright

A Mulberry Grove man is in Fayette County jail awaiting a murder trial after allegedly using a sledgehammer to kill a man in September.

David Leroy Bright, 69, of Mulberry Grove in Bond County, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of 56-ytear-old James R. Skinner in rural Brownstown.

The Fayette County State's Attorney's office says Bright struck Skinner twice on the head with a sledgehammer on Sept. 17, according to the Leader-Union. Bright was arrested Jan. 17 and was then taken from the Bond County jail to the Fayette County jail.

Josh Morrison, Fayette County State's Attorney, could not discuss the suspected motive other than to say "the usual suspects kind of thing ... a woman."

Pre-trial motions may be heard on March 16, according to Fayette County court records.

Morrison said Bright, who is a sex offender and must maintain registration with local police, "disappeared" after Skinner was killed. Bond County, where Bright was living, issued a failure to register warrant, and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office executed an arrest warrant in Biloxi, Mississippi on Bright. They returned Bright to Bond County, where he was held on $10,000 cash bond, before being transferred to Fayette County after Morrison's office filed murder charges.

The registration charges stem from his conviction in 2012 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13, a class 2 felony. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2013, according to court records.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND