Suspect in Pulaski County murder case arraigned, not guilty plea entered

Published: Nov. 15, 2019 at 11:26 AM EST
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The woman accused in the murder of a Pulaski County mother who disappeared last spring appeared in court Friday morning.

Danelle Powell was in court to be arraigned. A not guilty plea was entered for her, and a preliminary hearing is set for next week. The judge also said she would be held under no bond.

Investigators think Powell killed LeeAnna Brumley, who went missing last May. A search team recovered what they think are part of her remains in rural Pulaski County.

New details began emerging yesterday about Brumley’s brutal murder. Deputies say Powell, who was arrested Thursday, is the main murder suspect in LeeAnna Brumley’s death. Two others – cousins Corky and Gerald Hendricks – are named as suspects and are being held in jail on unrelated charges.

Investigators say Brumley was shot and hit with a hatchet before her body was burned.

Brumley’s family says she was a frequent ‘couch crasher’ who frequently stayed with friends and others she met on social media. They fear she made some bad choices that put her in Powell’s company.

Brumley’s sister, Faith Duggins, wants answers from the suspect.

“Why would she pull the trigger to it? Why did she think it was okay to take LeeAnna’s life? What was so bad that she took LeeAnna’s life,” Duggins said.

Of the two cousins accused in the case, Corky Hendricks has been in jail since October after police named him a person of interest in Brumley's case. He was picked up on unrelated indictment warrants. Gerald Hendricks has been in jail since June after police say he kidnapped and raped a woman.

The victim in that crime spoke to WKYT on the condition of anonymity. She says Gerald Hendricks abducted her at gunpoint from a home in Eubank and then raped her. She says she was held for six hours before he let her go.

“Used reverse psychology to get on his good side. Knew how to do that. Gave him what he wanted, sort of, just the way I talked to him," she says.

Gerald Hendricks was indicted in august - 3 months after LeeAnna Brumley went missing. It's not clear, at this time, what the relationship between the two cousins and Powell is, but, investigators say the grand jury, which next meets in early December, will consider additional charges against Corky and Gerald Hendricks in the case.

Powell has declined WKYT’s request for an interview in the Pulaski County jail.