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Four Arraigned on Murder, Kidnapping Charges

Posted: January 31, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Timothy Swinford talks with public defender Tyler Benson in the courtroom Wednesday at the Washington County Jail in Fayetteville for arraignment with Judge Ray Reynolds. Swinford is one of four people facing felony charges in connection with accomplice to capital murder, engaging in violent criminal group activity and kidnapping.

Four Prairie Grove residents facing murder charges related to the death of 48-year-old Ronnie Lee Bradley pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Legal Lingo

Arraignment

Arraignment is usually a criminal defendant’s first appearance in court or before a judge on a criminal charge. At arraignment, the charges against the defendant are read or the defendant is asked if he is aware of the charges against him, and is asked how he wishes to plead. It is not a hearing to determine guilt or innocence.

Source: U.S. Legal

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