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Man accused of killing Blytheville man appears in court

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Jimmy Northern (Source: Blytheville Police Department) Jimmy Northern (Source: Blytheville Police Department)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR  (KAIT) - Two men are accused of killing a Blytheville man in 2012, and one appeared in court Wednesday. According to Captain Scott Adams with the Blytheville Police Department, Jimmy Northern, 43, of Blytheville was charged with first degree murder. Another man, Rodney Willis, 17 of Blytheville was arrested in February, 2013.

Adams said Willis has since bonded out of jail.

According to Adams, police found the body of Thomas Essig on the ground at the True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church in December of 2012. Adams told Region 8 News Essig died of gunshot wounds.

Northern is due in court again in March, with a tentative trial date of March 10.

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