Arkansas Man Convicted In Real Estate Agent's Death Plans Appeal

Feb 11, 2016

Arron Lewis being transported at the Pulaski County Courthouse January 14.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A man convicted of capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a central Arkansas real estate agent has filed notice that he plans to appeal.

Arron Lewis was found guilty and sentenced to life without parole in the slaying of Beverly Carter after a four-day jury trial in January.

Prosecutors said Lewis targeted Carter in a failed ransom plot, taking her from a fake home showing. When police began looking for her and Lewis found out Carter had financial problems, prosecutors say Lewis smothered Carter with duct tape and buried her in a shallow grave.

Lewis told the jury Carter died during a consensual sexual act with his estranged wife Crystal Lowery.

Lowery pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and kidnapping and testified against Carter at his trial.