Man faces mur­der charges in New­ton County woman’s death

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - BILL BOW­DEN

A first- de­gree mur­der charge was filed Tues­day against Johnny Wayne Harder­son, 44, of Clarksville in con­nec­tion with the Dec. 4 death of Ch­a­sity Bond, 37, in New­ton County.

Ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit filed in New­ton County Cir­cuit Court, Harder­son told po­lice he and Bond had been in a re­la­tion­ship for about three months.

Harder­son told po­lice the cou­ple was driv­ing through New­ton County when they de­cided to stop at the home of his sis­ter, Sonya Rigsby.

Although no­body was home, Harder­son de­cided to change the brakes on a green Chevro­let Cav­a­lier in the dirt drive­way in front of his sis­ter’s home, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit from David Small, a spe­cial agent with the Arkansas State Po­lice.

“Ac­cord­ing to Harder­son, it was dark, he was us­ing a flash­light, and he jacked up the ve­hi­cle, re­moved the right (pas­sen­ger side) front tire and went in­side the res­i­dence,” the af­fi­davit said. “Harder­son said when he re­turned, Bond was un­der the right front of the ve­hi­cle, face down, and the ve­hi­cle had fallen off the jack and was ly­ing on her head.”

Harder­son told po­lice he re­moved the ve­hi­cle, re­placed the wheel and drove Bond in the Cav­a­lier to the nearby home of another one of his sis­ters, Di­cie Arvell Becker, who lives near the Ed­wards Junc­tion com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Becker called 911 at 10:07 p.m. Dec. 4. She and Harder­son drove Bond to John­son Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Clarksville, where a doc­tor pro­nounced her dead at 11:07 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

On Dec. 7, Dr. Stephen Erick­son, a med­i­cal ex­am­iner with the state Crime Lab­o­ra­tory in Lit­tle Rock, ruled the death a homi­cide.

“Dr. Erick­son said the cause of death to Ch­a­sity Bond was stran­gu­la­tion and blunt force fa­cial in­juries,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Bond suf­fered a bro­ken nose, which should have caused con­sid­er­able bleed­ing, but there was no blood or dirt on her clothes, the af­fi­davit said.

Po­lice also found no ev­i­dence in the drive­way of a jack be­ing used to el­e­vate the front end of a car, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

In ad­di­tion to first-de­gree mur­der, Harder­son also was charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault. He is sched­uled to be ar­raigned to­day, said David Ethredge, pros­e­cu­tor for Arkansas’ 14th Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit.

Harder­son has been in the New­ton County jail in Jasper since Dec. 8. His bail was set at $300,000.

Ch­a­sity ( White) Bond was from Springfield, Mo., ac­cord­ing to an obit­u­ary in the Springfield News-Leader.

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