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Murder suspect to face new judge

Richard Tarver (Source: Craighead Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Richard Tarver (Source: Craighead Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A murder suspect from Bay will face a new judge when his trial gets underway.

Richard Jordon Tarver will now face Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer after Judge Tommy Fowler recused himself from the case Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Bay man is accused of kidnapping and killing Lavinda Counce, 90, in July 2015.

Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District is seeking the death penalty for Tarver.

Tarver is scheduled to be in court again April 28.

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