GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. - After a jury was selected this morning, Tuesday, March 28, opening arguments and witnesses testified on the first day of a four-day trial for the 2011 death of a Hot Springs Village woman.
Around a dozen out of 58 witnesses testified this afternoon. Among witnesses testifying today were Scott and Sandra Randall, of Cathedral City, Calif. Scott is a former HSV general manager.
Garland County Circuit Court Judge John Homer Wright last Wednesday morning denied a defense motion filed Tuesday, March 22 that sought to delay this week's murder trial.
Wright declared Kevin Duck's trial would go on as scheduled, Tuesday-Friday, March 28-31. A pre-trial hearing for the Jessieville man was held Monday. Wednesday's trial convenes at 8:30 a.m.
Jury selection was completed Tuesday morning.
Duck is charged with the December 2011 death of Dawna Natzke.
The defendant is currently an inmate in the Ouachita River Correctional Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction, serving a six-year probation revocation on a Hot Spring County conviction for aggravated assault.
The first-degree Class Y murder charge carries the possibility of a prison term from 10 to 40 years, or life. The jury instructions would also allow for the jury to consider a second-degree murder charge.
Criminal defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise.
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