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Boyfriend of murdered Hot Springs Village dispatcher pleads not guilty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The man accused of murdering a Hot Springs Village dispatcher has pleaded not guilty.

Kevin Duck, 30, appeared in court Monday morning and entered a not guilty plea. He also asked the judge to reduce his $250,000 bond. That hearing will take place Dec. 30.

"We hope to get him out on bond because it's easier for us to work with a defendant - when they can come to your office and do things of that nature," said Clay Janske, Duck's Attorney.

While Dawna Natzke's mother, Doris Smith, wanted to speak with THV11, the prosecutor's office asked the family to refrain until the trial is over. 

Back in November, Smith shared her worries about Duck, who was Natzke's boyfriend at the time of her death, bonding out. She told THV11 she's glad he is behind bars.

Duck is charged with first degree murder for the death of 46-year-old Dawna Naztke. He was arrested in Colorado on Nov. 27 and brought back to Arkansas Tuesday Dec. 10.

Natzke, a Hot Springs Village dispatcher, was last seen leaving a Christmas party with Duck Dec. 21, 2012. Her body was found by a volunteer searcher Dec. 31.

Duck said that at the time of her disappearance, he went to bed around 11 p.m., while she stayed up watching TV, but when he woke up the next morning, Natzke and her car were gone. The next day, her car was discovered in a remote area of the Ouachita National Forest. The vehicle had been burned.

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