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Jun 24, 2010 6:59 AM

Natchitoches man arrested in girlfriend's death

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) Police say a 35-year-old Natchitoches woman was found dead from a gunshot wound early Wednesday morning.

The Alexandria Town Talk reports 32-year-old Rodney Barnes has been booked with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Chackawanda Moore Beard.

Police say an argument between the two late Tuesday or early Wednesday escalated, and Barnes allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Beard.

Barnes was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Jail.

It was not immediately known whether Barnes has an attorney.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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