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Bald Knob man charged with murder to appear in court

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 22, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.

SEARCY — A Bald Knob man accused of assaulting his wife and fatally shooting his father-in-law is expected to appear in court this week.

The Daily Citizen reported that 50-year-old Robert Draft is charged with first-degree murder and felony battery. He's expected to tell the court Wednesday whether he has hired an attorney or will need a court-appointed lawyer.

Police responded to Draft's home after receiving a domestic disturbance report in May.

Investigators say Draft assaulted his wife, Kathie. She escaped their home and fled to her parent's home, which is on the same street.

Police later found 72-year-old Douglas Cloyes dead in his front yard.

Draft was arrested later in May in Detroit and extradited to White County.

He's being held at a jail with no bail set.

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