Trial delayed in 2009 deadly standoff in Oxford

By The Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A man accused of shooting and killing his half brother and holding his father hostage in Oxford in September 2009 has been given a new attorney.

The Oxford Eagle reports that Bilethon Autry’s trial has been postponed until April.

Autry was being represented by public defender Josh Turner until his family hired Jackson attorney Carol L. White-Richard.

Autry is accused of shooting and killing his half brother, 50-year-old Charles Ray Hodges of Tupelo, during a three-hour standoff with police at his parents’ home in the Oxford subdivision of Grand Oaks.

Authorities say Autry had been hospitalized for mental illness and held his father hostage before shooting his half brother. Prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty.