Commission takes no action on Abernathy employment

City and State Digest
The Sentinel-Record 6-29-1979

The Hot Springs Civil Service Commission took no action Thursday on former police Lt. Thurman Abernathy’s request for reinstatement.

Commission Chairman Joe Poe said the commission has not received documents confirming reports that a Malvern grand jury recently found insufficient evidence to indict Abernathy on a first-degree murder charge.

Abernathy was suspended without pay two years ago when he was named in a murder complaint involving the death of Linda Edwards. At the time of her death she was a Garland County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Poe said the commission will not act upon the reinstatement request until its next meeting July 17.

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