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Pine Ridge Man Charged with 1st Degree Murder

(HOT SPRINGS)  A Pine Ridge man has been charged with first degree Murder, after authorities discovered that a Montgomery County man was stabbed sixteen times and placed in the trunk of a car after a police pursuit in April of this year.

Keith Ashlock of Pine Ridge was charged with first-degree murder after authorities discovered the body of 65-year-old Jimmy Fryar inside the trunk of a Cadillac on April 30 .

Jail records show Ashlock remained in custody in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Ashlock is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Garland County Circuit Court.

An affidavit states that Ashlock told police that he had stabbed Fryar during an argument after Fryar refused to leave his home, then put his body in the trunk and “just drove around” until he was pulled over.

A gag order has been issued in the case preventing attorneys and authorities from speaking publicly about the case.

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