Murder suspect receives attorney for drug charges
by Rachael Brown
rbrown@annistonstar.com
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Jimmy Ray Steed
Jimmy Ray Steed
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A man charged last month with killing a Piedmont woman in 2009 was appointed an attorney during a district court appearance Thursday afternoon for several unrelated drug charges he faces.

Jimmy Ray Steed, 52, of Piedmont, was charged Aug. 2 with 14 counts of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

On Aug. 16, Steed was indicted by a grand jury in connection with the death of Carla Michelle Cook Fuqua, the 28-year-old mother who had been missing from her Piedmont home since October 2009. Fuqua’s body was recovered within walking distance of Steed’s home in December 2012.

Steed’s attorney, Warren Freeman, said after the hearing that today was the first time he’d met Steed.

Freeman said he was appointed as Steed’s lawyer for the drug charges and he might end up defending him for the murder charge as well.

Steed, who was present before District Judge Chris McIntyre, returned to Calhoun County Jail this afternoon.

Steed’s next court appearance will be in front of a grand jury, where he could be indicted on the drug charges, Freeman said. The next grand jury hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28.

Steed has a $300,000 cash bond set for the murder charge. A $790,000 total cash bond is set for the manufacturing a controlled substance charges and possession of a controlled substance charge. A $1,000 bond is set for the possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.

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