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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Eastern Ky. Woman

Reported by: Send eMail Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 15, 2013 2:51 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 15, 2013 2:58 PM EST

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Hazard, Perry County , West Virginia

An eastern Kentucky man has pleaded not guilty to killing a woman whose burned body was found along a roadside a week after she was reported missing.

WYMT-TV reported Gary W. Ward of Meally in Johnson County entered the plea Thursday in Knott County Circuit Court. He is accused of murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in the September death of Christina Hale Barnett.

Defense attorneys also argued for a reduction in Ward's bond, which is set at $500,000, but the judge didn't immediately rule on the matter.

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