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Audrain County man arrested for murder

Ricky John Harding jr., 34, was arrested for second-degree murder, domestic assault, armed criminal action, possession of a firearm and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

A Mexico man was arrested Sunday in connection with a murder earlier in the day.


Early sunday morning police were called to the 15000-block of Audrain Road 923 for a shooting.


That's where authorities said they found 34-year-old Summer Hickman.


Hickman was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.


Ricky John Harding Jr., 34, was arrested for second-degree murder, domestic assault, armed criminal action, possession of a firearm and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.


An autopsy for Hickman is scheduled to be conducted Tuesday.

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