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Prosecutors Say Swain Was Willing Participant In Murder

Posted: January 14, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO DAVID GOTTSCHALK Heather Carlene Swain, left, one of four Prairie Grove residents charged in the beating death of Ronnie Lee Bradley, sits with her attorney Tyler Benson on Monday in a courtroom at the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville.

Washington County prosecutors say Heather Carlene Swain lured Ronnie Lee Bradley from his home into a car that she drove around for hours while he was beaten and strangled to death.

LEGAL LINGO

Accomplice

One who knowingly, voluntarily, and with common intent unites with the principal offender in the commission of a crime. One who is guilty of complicity in crime charged, either by being present and aiding or abetting in it, or having advised and encouraged it. One is liable as an accomplice to the crime of another if he or she gave assistance or encouragement or failed to perform a legal duty to prevent it with the intent thereby to promote or facilitate commission of the crime.

Source: The Legal Dictionary

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