Edward Johnson and attorney Mike LaPlante

Edward Johnson, charged with murder, talks with his attorney Mike LaPlante during a hearing in district court. Kirsten Fiscus / The Anniston Star

A Jacksonville man, charged with murder, remained in the Calhoun County Jail on Friday after a judge on Thursday scheduled a special preliminary hearing.

Edward Maurice Johnson, 40, of Jacksonville, was charged with murder last month after Marion Brown, 53, of Piedmont, died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, police said.

Piedmont police found Brown bleeding and unconscious in a house in the 600 block of Draper Street around 2 a.m. after responding to a call from the house. Brown suffered from blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

On Thursday, Johnson was escorted into District Judge Chris McIntyre’s courtroom with two Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies. McIntyre appointed attorney Mike LaPlante to represent Johnson.

After the hearing, McIntyre said LaPlante requested a probable cause hearing at which police will testify to the circumstances of the case and any evidence they have against Johnson. McIntyre said he scheduled that hearing for Jan. 29 at 11 a.m.

Johnson remained in jail with a $150,000 bond.

​Staff writer Kirsten Fiscus: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @kfiscus_star.