Man makes first court appearance after discovery of body in back yard

Bond set on charge of abuse of corpse
Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 10:29 AM CDT
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TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - A Texarkana man charged with abuse of a corpse after police found a body buried in his backyard made his first court appearance on Monday.

Chad Jernigan, 41, went before a Miller County circuit judge on the charge of abuse of a corpse.

Acting on a tip last week, Texarkana Arkansas police found the body they believed to be of Richard York buried underneath a storage facility at Jernigan's home.

York had been reported missing for more than a year. Police are waiting on the autopsy for a positive identification.

Judge Wren Autrey set bond at $150,000 and set August 7th as the next court date for official arraignment.

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