A Blountville man facing charges of first-degree murder in connection with a drug deal has been bound over to Sullivan County Criminal Court, records show.

Korey Allen Barnette, 23, is also charged with especially aggravated robbery. Barnette had a preliminary hearing last Tuesday in Sullivan County Judge Teresa Nelson’s courtroom.

Court records show his next hearing is set for Jan. 23, 2023. His bond has been set at $250,000.

Barnette and Mason Dubois, 21, were arrested two weeks ago in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Gavin Brown.

According to an affidavit, Barnette told investigators he went to Brown’s home to buy drugs. During the transaction, an argument broke out, and Barnette stabbed the 17-year-old with his own knife.

Authorities said Barnette and Dubois then robbed the boy, stealing marijuana and an insurance card.

Dubois has been bound over to Criminal Court as well and faces a charge of especially aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $25,000, and he also will appear in court on Jan. 13, 2023, records show.