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Murder defendant in court

Dustin Tyler Smith, 24, of McPherson, made his first appearance in McPherson County Court on June 1 on the single charge of premeditated first degree murder.

Smith is charged with the murder of Justin John Milne, 30, of McPherson. McPherson County sheriff’s officers believe Milne was murdered May 29 in McPherson. Smith was found May 29 near Milne’s burning 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe near Marion Reservoir. Milne’s body was found 1.5 miles northeast of the burning vehicle.

Judge Carl B. Anderson is presiding over the case. Anderson appointed David N. Harger to represent Smith in the trial.

Smith’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 19.

Smith’s bond is set at $450,000.

Last modified June 9, 2011

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