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      Man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting, assault

      SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Bald Knob man has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he fatally shot his father-in-law and assaulted his wife.

      The Daily Citizen (http://bit.ly/Uq9GFe ) reports 50-year-old Ronald Draft pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree battery.

      Draft's attorney says Thursday his client acted in self-defense and declined to comment further.

      Draft is being held in White County jail with no bond.

      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.

      Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.thedailycitizen.com/

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