Former AR police chief pleads guilty to murder

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A former police chief in Arkansas has pleaded guilty to a murder charge.

Grant Hardin, 48, former Gateway police chief, entered his plea to first-degree murder on Monday morning. He had faced a charge of capital murder.

He was arrested back in February in the killing of James Appleton, 59, who suffered a gunshot to the head. Police found Appleton’s body on Gann Ridge Rd. just outside of Pea Ridge.
Back in June, Hardin’s lawyer had called into question the validity of a nighttime search warrant and requested anything collected from that search to be excluded. That included blood swabs taken from Hardin’s car.
At that time, Hardin had maintained his innocence in the case.

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