Stabbing murder suspect appears in court

Thomas Fielder
Thomas Fielder

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas man charged with murder appeared in an Angelina County courtroom this morning.

The attorney for Thomas Fielder Jr., 40, entered motions for discovery of items that are expected to be presented as evidence in trial.

The prosecuting attorney says they are waiting on a lab to return forensic evidence, so it could be a few months before Fielder goes to trial.

Fielder was arrested back in December for the murder of a Gary Defratus of Huntington.

Authorities say Defrauds' body was found by his mother in her carport, after he was stabbed multiple times.

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