Attorney: Retire murder charges against Oxford man

OXFORD — The attorney for an Oxford man charged with murder in the death of his brother last year says his client should be in a mental hospital.

Oxford attorney Ken Coghlan has asked a judge this week to retire the charges against Bilethon Autry and transfer him to state mental hospital for treatment. A judge has not ruled on the motion.

Autry is accused of shooting and killing his brother, Charles Ray Hodges Tupelo, in September 2009 during a three-hour standoff with police at his parents’ Oxford home. His father and a housekeeper also were in the home but were unharmed.

Autry had been released from the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo just two days before the deadly shooting, court records showed.

Coghlan tells the Oxford Eagle that a psychiatrist at the hospital found Autry’s ability to tell the difference between right and wrong was impaired due to his mental illness.

Despite the diagnosis, Autry was released about after 19 days in the medical center.

The Associated Press