OCTOBER 11, 2006 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT
ARKANSAS CITY, Ark. (AP) - A truck driver accused of kidnapping
and killing a Pine Bluff teenager pleaded innocent to the charges
Forty-six-year-old Kenneth Ray Osburn, who lives near McGehee,
is charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the August 27th
death of Casey Crowder, a senior at Watson Chapel High School who
disappeared after running out of gas along U-S 65.
Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen says he expects the state to
seek the death penalty against Osburn. Deen also says that
surveillance tapes from businesses along U-S 65 and D-N-A evidence
link Osburn to Crowder's killing.
Crowder's body, which was identified through dental records, was
found in a ditch near McGehee on September Second.
Osborn, a widowed commercial truck driver, appeared before
Circuit Judge Sam Pope. After receiving Osburn's innocent plea,