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Brother of Blount Co. fugitive asks for lower bail after arrest

Marcus DeHart is accused of helping his brother, Kenneth Wayne DeHart Jr., in a shooting that killed a Blount County deputy and injured another.

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. — Marcus DeHart, the brother of a fugitive accused of shooting and killing a Blount County deputy last week, appeared in a Blount County courtroom Monday afternoon.

DeHart is charged with accessory after the fact in connection with the fatal shooting of Blount County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Greg McCowan and the non-fatal shooting of Deputy Shelby Eggers.

His brother, Kenneth Wayne DeHart Jr., is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon. Deputies said Marcus DeHart was instrumental in helping his brother escape after the shooting.

Marcus DeHart was not in court very long Monday morning, and his attorney, Scott Lanzon of Knoxville, told Judge William K. Brewer of Blount General Sessions Court that his client was not guilty. He filed a motion for a lower bond due to the nature of the charge.

Lanzon argued that DeHart’s bail, set at $1 million, was too high.

Blount County District Attorney General Ryan Desmond argued the bail amount was appropriate given the nature of the crime.

According to the arrest warrant in this case, Marcus “knowingly and intentionally” provided assistance to his brother in a manner that prevented his arrest by authorities.

Lanzon told WBIR after the hearing that he had no comment beyond what he said in court.

A bond hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday.

Kenneth Wayne DeHart Jr. was not arrested Monday evening. Authorities said the reward for information leading to his capture now exceeds $100,000.

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