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Judge issues gag order in NE Ark.'s girl's slaying

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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -

A judge has issued a gag order as prosecutors pursue a murder charge against a teenager charged with killing an 11-year-old girl near Gosnell.

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The order came after a Friday hearing in which a lawyer for the accused 17-year-old asked that police, lawyers and others involved in the case be prohibited from discussing it publicly.

The victim, Jessica Williams, was found dead in a ditch on Aug. 28. She'd last been seen the evening before playing with her dog outside her father's home near Gosnell.

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The teenager was arrested Aug. 29 on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The Associated Press is not naming the teen because he has not been formally charged in Williams' death.

The Jonesboro Sun reports (http://is.gd/NSErAZ ) a police affidavit says the youth confessed to the killing.

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The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com & The Associated Press contributed to this story

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