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Charge Filed in Death of TV Anchor’s Kin

September 12, 2006

WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) _ A 49-year-old man was charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping in connection with the death of the elderly aunt of ``Dateline NBC″ anchor Stone Phillips.

Miguel Arciba, who had known Doris Phillips for several years, was charged Monday, three days after he led investigators to her body in an abandoned farmhouse near her home, Ellis County Sheriff’s Lt. Clint Tims said.

Arciba is accused of abducting Phillips, 81, but he denied killing her and told investigators that another person told him where to find the body, Tims said. He said other arrests were possible.

Phillips was reported missing from her Reagor Springs home, about 30 miles south of Dallas, on July 26.

Arciba, who remained jailed Tuesday on $250,000 bond, was arrested Sept. 3 after he was linked to an item taken from Phillips’ home, authorities said. His parents had worked for years for Phillips and her late husband, according to Tims.

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