Wagers arraigned on murder charge

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By Amber Coulter

Bond and a preliminary hearing date were set Monday for an Elizabethtown man accused of killing a Clarkson man with a hatchet Saturday.

Jamie B. Wagers, 24, appeared in Hardin District Judge Kimberly Shumate’s courtroom for arraignment on charges of murder and violation of and emergency protective order.

Police say Wagers killed Christian F. Higdon in Hardin County Saturday afternoon. His bond was set at $500,000 cash and a probable cause hearing is set to take place at 9 a.m. June 27.

Wagers was court ordered to avoid the residence at 130 Magers Drive, where the assault allegedly occurred, according to Kentucky State Police.

Wagers and Higdon were at the residence Saturday afternoon when Higdon was told to leave. When he didn’t, Wagers allegedly retrieved a hatchet from another room and hit Higdon in the head with it, police say.

Higdon ran from the residence, and Wagers followed. The man collapsed in the yard at 45 Magers Drive, where a woman called police using his cellphone, police say.

Higdon was a construction worker for Denco Construction and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, where his funeral is scheduled to take place today.

He is survived by a son, his parents, a brother, two sisters and a grandmother.

Wagers is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.