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      2nd murder charge added in pregnant woman's death

      SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A man charged with capital murder for the slaying of a Bald Knob woman will face a second count because the victim was four months pregnant when she died.

      Prosecutor Chris Raff added the additional capital murder count on Friday against 28-year-old Benjamin Peirce of Searcy in the death of 34-year-old Crystal Timberlake.

      The Daily Citizen reports Timberlake was killed early Wednesday morning in Bald Knob and that investigators found a substantial amount of methamphetamine lab ingredients at the scene.

      Peirce is also charged with attempted capital murder for the shooting of 48-year-old Robert Wayne Dixon of Bald Knob, who was hospitalized.

      The investigation is continuing.

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