LIMA — The attorney of a man charged with shooting his cousin to death hinted Friday the case isn’t a typical murder case.
Jerome Doute didn’t elaborate during a hearing in which Earl Fuqua waived his preliminary hearing. The case now goes to the grand jury for consideration.
“I think the evidence will show this is not the type of murder most people see in their eyes when they hear that word,” Doute said.
Fuqua is charged with murder in the death of 48-year-old Elmer Cunningham on Oct. 15. The charge carries up to life in prison.
Police said an apparent argument led Fuqua to shoot Cunningham, who often hung out at Fuqua’s Repair Shop at Elm Street and Central Avenue.
Lima Municipal Magistrate David Cheney refused to lower bond which, as it stands, would allow Fuqua to post $7,500 cash. His attorney said his family has been unable to raise that amount.
Doute said Fuqua is not a flight risk, explaining he’s a life-long Lima resident and has a house in town as well as a business.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Dan Berry told Cheney the bond was the lowest he can recall for a murder case.