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Focus Now on Computer in Gwatney Slaying

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police say that a computer found at the home of the man who fatally shot Bill Gwatney is the last major clue they have in determining why he shot the state Democratic Party chairman.

Little Rock Police Lieutenant Terry Hastings says a set of car keys and a phone number listed on a note found at the home of Timothy Dale Johnson did not turn up any connection between the Searcy man and Gwatney. Johnson shot and killed Gwatney at party headquarters on August 13th. He was later fatally shot by police after a 30-mile chase into Grant County.

Hastings says they've found nothing to indicate a motive for why Johnson shot Gwatney.

Hastings says police will probably close the investigation soon into Gwatney's killing. He says investigators are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests on Johnson.

Last week, the Democratic Party of Arkansas voted to name former U.S. senator and governor David Pryor interim chairman to fill the remainder of Gwatney's term, through January.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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