A man charged with first-degree murder has been granted additional time to hire an attorney.
30-year-old Randall Neece appeared briefly before Sullivan Co. General Sessions Judge Ray Conkin this afternoon and asked for another week to hire an attorney before his preliminary hearing.
Neece admitted killing his wife, 27-year-old Lakeesha Neece, by strangulation on Jan. 28 at their home in the Rock Springs community.
In a written statement, he reportedly told deputies he strangled her with an electrical cord. He admitted to deputies that he tried to smother her with a shower curtain, but was unsuccessful and then wrapped the cord of a straightening iron around her neck until his wife became unconscious.
The judge agreed to give Neece another week to hire an attorney, his preliminary hearing is now set for Feb. 1 at 9:00 a.m. in Kingsport General Sessions Court. He remains in the Sullivan Co. Corrections Facility on a $250,000 bond.