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Man Arrested In Fugitive Search Wants Bond

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A man accused of pointing a gun at authorities who were searching his house for a fugitive is asking a judge to grant him bond.
    
Royce Funchess has been held without bond since being arrested at his house Aug. 7, 2012.
    
Authorities were searching his house for Robert Lee King, suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and wounding her daughter in Memphis, Tenn., in 2005.
    
Marshals say they arrested Funchess after he pointed a gun at an agent.
    
King, who was on the Marshals' most wanted-list, was not in the house.
    
A mistrial was declared May 1 in Funchess' trial after the jury couldn't reach a verdict.
    
A new trial is July 22.
    
Funchess lawyer says his client initially thought the officers were burglars breaking into his house.
    
Authorities say they were acting on a tip that King had been driving Funchess' car and staying at his house. Agents went to the house early that morning 7 and knocked on the door.
    
Prosecutors say that another man let agents in the house, and when they showed him a picture of King and asked if anyone else was home, the man said "he back there."
    
Prosecutors say an agent opened a bedroom door and saw Funchess in the bed pointing a pistol at him. The officer fired one shot that struck a wall near Funchess's head.
    
Funchess was indicted Aug. 21 on charges of assault, felon in possession of a gun and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

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