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Bald Knob man pleads innocent in fatal shooting, assault

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 24, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.

SEARCY — A Bald Knob man has pleaded innocent to accusations that he fatally shot his father-in-law and assaulted his wife.

The Daily Citizen reported that 50-year-old Ronald Draft pleaded innocent to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree battery.

He's being held in White County jail with no bail. A message left with Draft's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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 in May.

Draft was arrested later in May in Detroit and extradited to White County a couple of days later.

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