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Hearing In Lottery Winner Murder Postpone | Local headline
by Terry Wol
May 16, 2008 | 411 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The East Dublin man charged in the murder of the woman who won $5 million in the Georgia Lottery was in Superior Court Friday for a bond hearing.

Derrick Stanley, 51, of 310 Rice Street is charged in the May 5 murder of Doris Murray. According to Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell, Murray, 42, was killed about 1:35 p.m. at her home by the man she once called her boyfriend.

Stanley was arrested hours after the murder, after he led law enforcement on a chase through East Dublin and Dublin. Before being jailed, he was taken to a hospital where he had to undergo surgery for puncture wounds. He has been held in the Laurens County Jail since he was dismissed from the hospital.

Although Stanley was scheduled for a bond hearing Friday, the hearing had to be postponed. Stanley appeared before Superior Court Judge Stan Smith without an attorney. He told the judge that he had earlier declined the services of the District Public Defender’s office.

However, Stanley’s daughter addressed the judge from the courtroom, saying she had been to the public defender’s office Thursday after Stanley changed his mind. The public defender’s office had told her since her father had earlier declined their services, they would need him to authorize documents to allow their office to prepare his defense.

Judge Smith said the bond hearing would have to be rescheduled after the public defender had ample time to prepare their defense for Stanley.

Murray won the Georgia Lottery in April 2007. She was found dead of multiple stab wounds in her East Dublin home after some of her family members told police they saw him covered in blood running from her home.

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