- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A judge has scheduled a July trial for a man charged in the 2011 death of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

Kevin Duck is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke. Natzke’s body was found Dec. 31, 2011, but Duck wasn’t charged in her death until late last year.

At a hearing Monday, a judge scheduled Duck’s trial for July 22-25. A pretrial hearing was set for July 21.

Natzke - the mother of three - was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party. A medical examiner says Natzke died within three to four hours of leaving the party and an autopsy found she died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

Duck’s attorney, T. Clay Janske, has said Duck did not kill Natzke.


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