Trial date finally set for Thurman Abernathy

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

A trial date has been set August 13-15 in Hot Spring County Circuit Court for Lt. Thurman Abernathy, accused of murdering a Garland County Sheriff’s deputy in 1976.

Abernathy has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Linda Edwards, whose skeletal remains were found in a mountainous area just inside the Hot Spring County line six months after her disappearance.

Abernathy was a member of the Hot Springs Police Department at the time of Edwards’ death.

Jack Holt Jr., a Little Rock attorney, will serve as defense with H. B. Means presiding as judge.

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