Decision in Abernathy case is expected today

City and State Digest
The Sentinel-Record 3-23-1979

A decision on whether Hot Springs Police Lt. Thurman Abernathy will be tried on a first-degree murder charge is expected to be announced today at 1:30 p.m. press conference at the Hot Spring County Courthouse in Malvern.

Abernathy is charged in the 1976 death of Linda Edwards, a Garland County sheriff’s deputy whose skeletal remains were found in western Hot Spring County several months after her disappearance.

Abernathy, who is free on $50,000 bond, has been on indefinite suspension from the police department without pay since his arrest in June, 1977.

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