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Man pleads not guilty to killing eastern Ky. woman

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HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - 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 ( ) reports 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.

Information from: WYMT-TV,

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