The Sentinel-Record 11-3-1977
Hot Spring County Prosecuting Attorney John Cole said Wednesday the trial date for Hot Springs Police Lt. Thurman Abernathy will be set either this month or next month.
He said a pre-trial conference will be held in either November or December, at which time a trial date will be set.
Cole, however, said he is almost certain the case will not be tried until February because another murder trial has been scheduled for late January.
Abernathy, who has been suspended indefinitely from the police department, is accused of killing Garland County Deputy Linda Edwards.
Mrs. Edwards was reported missing in August 1976 and her skeletal remains were found in February on Jack Mountain in Hot Spring County.