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Man pleads not guilty in murder case of Cabot woman

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The man charged in the case of a murdered Cabot woman plead not guilty in court Tuesday.

Lonoke County prosecutor Chuck Graham told THV 11 that Dennis Harrington pleaded not guilty to the charges of capital murder and abuse of a corpse. A pretrial hearing has been set for April 21 at 9 a.m. and a jury trial is set for April 22-24 at 9 a.m.

Harrington's total charges now include capital murder, kidnapping, third degree domestic battery, abuse of a corpse, and habitual criminal.

As far as whether they will go for the death penalty, Graham said "everything is on the table" and they plan to discuss it with the victim's family.

Harrington is charged in the case of Rebecca Lauer, a 36-year-old Cabot woman who disappeared in July 2013. He had previously been charged with Kidnapping and Domestic Battery in the case.

The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office released Harrington's arrest affidavit Jan. 21. In it, the Sheriff's Office said that the additional charges were due to the information collected in the investigation of the kidnapping and battery of Lauer, the statement given to authorities from a man who admitted to helping Harrington burn Lauer's body in Harrington's back yard, and the results from the Center for Human Identification Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology in Denton, Texas of two bone pieces that were located in the burn pile behind Harrington's residence being identified as human remains.

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