Christopher Harrell moved one step closer to trial on a charge that he killed his friend Thursday.


Judge Larry Phillips of the 59th state district court set a pretrial date of Dec. 6 for motions in the state’s case against Harrell, who is accused of killing 54-year-old Michael Lindsey back in October of 2017. Harrell has pleaded not guilty to the crime.


In a statement released around the time of the incident, the Sherman Police Department identified Lindsey as the person found deceased in a home in the 1500 block of West Gandy Street in Denison.


Lindsey was reported missing by his daughter after he failed to show up at work for several days and could not be contacted. Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler later said Lindsey had been shot twice in the chest.


Sherman Police said Harrell and Lindsey had been neighbors and Harrell was stopped, the same week that Lindsey’s daughter reported him missing, in Lindsey’s truck. He then identified himself as Lindsey and produced Lindsey’s driver’s license. The officer who stopped Harrell took him at his word and released him. Sherman Police were then able to get in touch with a family member to see whether that was indeed Lindsey and were informed it was not.


Harrell was subsequently located at a hotel in Mount Pleasant and arrested on a charge of fraudulent use of identifying information and was later indicted on a murder charge.


In August, Assistant Grayson County District Attorney Britton Brooks said the state plans to go ahead with the murder trial independently of the forgery charge.


Sherman attorney Timothy Brown represents Harrell in the case. The trial is set for Dec. 17.


During a hearing in August, Harrell said he was ready to go to trial, but specifically requested he be allowed to take his oath on a 1611 edition of the King James Bible. Against Brown’s advice, Harrell stood up and told Phillips the oath he wanted to be able to take out of that Bible. Phillips said he is happy to have Harrell use that Bible, but the judge reserved the right to evaluate the request before giving a final answer.