- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a statement to police made by a Bentonville man charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery can be presented as evidence at trial.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1MNtDtd ) reports Circuit Judge Robin Green ruled Thursday that Michael Eugene Conklin’s statement can be used at his trial set to begin Jan. 19. Conklin’s attorneys say he did not voluntarily give the statement to police.

He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond.

Prosecutors say Conklin fatally stabbed his grandmother, 76-year-old Nelma Conklin, in the neck in her Bentonville home in July 2014. Authorities say police arrived at her home to conduct a welfare check, and found her dead in the garage. Police say her body was concealed by trash bags and pieces of cardboard.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com

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