Judge sets hearing in Abernathy murder trial

City and State Digest 
The Sentinel-Record 7-25-1978

An Aug. 8 hearing on a defense motion to suppress certain evidence in the prosecution’s case against Hot Springs Police Lt. Thurman Abernathy, who is charged with first-degree murder, has been set in Hot Spring County Circuit Court.

Abernathy is accused of the 1976 murder of a Garland County Sheriff’s Deputy Linda Edwards, whose skeletal remains were found just inside the Hot Spring County line about six months after her disappearance.

The case has been set for trial on Aug. 13 but the defense is seeking to suppress certain statements Mrs. Edwards made before her death.

Abernathy has been placed on indefinite suspension from the police department, pending the outcome of the trial.

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