- Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017

JASPER, Ark. (AP) - A Clarksville man who says his girlfriend was killed when a car fell on her has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the woman’s death.

The Harrison Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/2jlP9SR ) that 44-year-old Johnny Wayne Harderson pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he killed 37-year-old Chasity Bond in December.

An affidavit says Harderson told police he jacked up a car in his sister’s driveway in Newton County and removed a tire, then went inside her home. He said he returned to find Bond face down, with the vehicle on her head.

Bond’s cause of death was ruled as strangulation and blunt force facial injuries.

Investigators say they found no signs of auto work or a jack being used on the dirt driveway.

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Information from: Harrison Daily Times, https://www.harrisondaily.com

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