HOT SPRINGS, Ark. | A man charged in the death of a former St. John resident has been released on bond from the Garland County Jail.
Kevin Duck was freed Tuesday after posting $150,000 bond. After a Monday hearing, a judge reduced Duck's bond from $250,000, though Duck had asked the amount to be lowered to $50,000.
Duck is accused of killing his girlfriend Dawna Natzke, a mother of three and a police dispatcher in the central Arkansas community of Hot Springs Village.
Natzke graduated from Lake Central High School in 1984 and grew up in St. John. She worked as a police dispatcher in Arkansas for seven years.
Duck had pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2011 death of Natzke.
Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party in 2011. Searchers found her body days later.
An autopsy found Natzke died from blunt force trauma and drowning.