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Teen murder suspect to represent himself in court

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A suspected killer is back in Savannah, and the teenager may be planning to represent himself in court.  

Darrell Hendrix, 19, was extradited from Florida back to Chatham County late Friday night and booked into the Chatham County Jail. Hendrix was charged with the murder of Roderick Richardson, 38, of Savannah. Richardson was driving to work at Derst Bakery on Mills B. Lane Rd. near Hodge Elementary School when he was shot in his car.

Hendrix was arraigned in court Monday. It was no surprise bond was denied, but what was a surprise was the 19-year-old murder suspect waiving his right to an attorney and public defender.

The DA's office indicated that he planned on representing himself. He confirmed for Judge Harris O'Dell by refusing a public defender and said he had not yet hired a lawyer.

"Mr. Hendrix, I was informed you rejected a defender. Is that true," Judge O'Dell asked.

"Yes sir," Hendrix said.

"And you have not, as of today's date, hired a private attorney to represent you," Judge O'Dell asked.

"No sir," he said.

Richardson's family was not in court, as Hendrix was questioned by the judge over his representation situation.

Hendrix's next court appearance will be a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. on May 30. He could hire an attorney between now and then, but he'll remain in jail.

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