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Suspect in Ark. trunk slaying held on $1M bond

The man suspected of killing a 19-year-old convenience store clerk is being held on $1 million bond.

MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The man suspected of killing a 19-year-old convenience store clerk is being held on $1 million bond.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that Cody Shane Griffin was given a court-appointed attorney and held on bond.

Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir says he's waiting to talk to the family of the victim, Wendy Zapata Hernandez of De Queen, before deciding to seek a capital murder charge or first-degree murder.

If he's convicted of capital murder, Griffin could be sentenced to death.

Authorities say Hernandez went missing from the store where she worked last Thursday. Sheriff's deputies spotted Griffin soon after. He allegedly told investigators they could find Hernandez's car nearby with her body in the trunk.

Griffin had not posted bond Friday morning. His attorney did not return a message seeking comment.


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