Man charged in death of Arkansas police dispatcher pleads not guilty to first-degree murder

A man charged in the 2011 death of an Arkansas police dispatcher has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Kevin Duck faces the murder charge in his girlfriend Dawna Natzke's death.

One of Duck's lawyers, T. Clay Janske, said Duck appeared in court on Monday and pleaded not guilty.

Natzke was a police dispatcher in the central Arkansas community of Hot Springs Village.

Authorities say she was last seen alive with Duck at a Christmas party on Dec. 21, 2011. Volunteer searchers found her body days later on New Year's Eve.

A medical examiner says Natzke died within a few hours of leaving the holiday party. An autopsy says she died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

Duck is being held in Garland County jail on $250,000 bond.