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Gwatney investigation



Nothing new today on police inspection of the few clues left behind by Timothy Johnson, the Searcy man who's believed to have shot Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney to death in Democratic Party headquarters last week.

A note bearing Gwatney's name and a phone number has not yet yielded anything. The phone number is apparently a cell phone number, not a number for Gwatney, his home or auto dealerships. Police have issued a subpoena to learn the owner of the phone. That could take two to three weeks.

Car keys with Gwatney emblems found at Johnson's home seem to be just "old keys," according to Lt. Terry Hastings. They don't appear immediately to be of any value in the investigation. They are perhaps keys to cars once owned by Johnson's family. He lived in his late parents' house.

Police have sent a personal computer to a forensic laboratory to retrieve information there "in a legal way," Hastings said.

The quest for phone and computer information could take two to three weeks, he said.

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