A man accused of stabbing his son to death in an Alcoa hotel last week appeared Monday in Judge William Brewer’s courtroom.
Brewer declared Jose Rolando Hernandez-Perez indigent and appointed him a public defender.
His defense will be handled by George Waters.
Hernandez-Perez, 52, of Mexico, is charged with criminal homicide in the death of his son, 26-year-old Jose Rolando Hernandez-Meza.
Alcoa Police said he stabbed his son during a fight at the WoodSpring Suites on Singleton Station Road.
Hernandez-Meza was found in an elevator and was rushed to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where he was pronounced dead.
His father was taken into custody shortly afterward.
Police said the men were staying at the hotel while working on an unnamed construction site on Chapman Highway in Knoxville.
Hernandez-Perez remained in the Blount County Correctional Facility on Monday on a $750,000 bond.
Brewer has set a status hearing for Aug. 26.