No bond for man accused of killing Elizabethton toddler

Demetrius Covington, Ja'Kari Phillips

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Demetrius Covington, the man accused of killing an Elizabethton toddler, has been denied bond by Carter County Judge Keith Bowers, Jr.

Covington is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 3-year-old stepson, Ja’Kari Phillips.

On Monday morning, Covington appeared in a Carter County courtroom where a judge granted him a court-appointed attorney.

His attorney submitted a bond request and the Judge Keith Bowers Jr. denied taht request on Monday morning.

Covington’s next court appearance is January 13.

Cater County deputies traveled to Dayton, OH last week to arrest Covington.

Investigators said he ran from Elizabethton when his stepson, 3-year-old Ja’Kari Phillips, was rushed to the hospital in late November. A few days later, the Ja’Kari died.

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