Arron Lewis Gets Life In Prison For Murder Of Real Estate Agent

Jan 15, 2016

      

Convicted murderer Arron Lewis
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A man convicted of capital murder and kidnapping in the suffocation death of an Arkansas real estate agent has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. 

Arron Lewis was accused of kidnapping and killing 50-year-old Beverly Carter, who disappeared after telling her husband that she was showing a house to a prospective buyer in a rural area near Little Rock. 

Prosecutors said Lewis and his estranged wife, Crystal Lowery, set up the fake house showing with Carter, then kidnapped her as part of a ransom plot. 

Prosecutors argued that Carter was killed when the ransom plot went awry. Her body was later discovered in a shallow grave at a concrete plant where Lewis once worked, and an autopsy found she was suffocated. 

Lowery pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. She testified as a witness for the prosecution. 

Carter's son says she was wrongly portrayed during the trial. Carl Carter Jr. says it was "awful" for Lewis "to be able to drag her sweet name through the mud" while on trial for her 2014 death. 

Lewis' attorneys had argued that Carter died accidentally during a consensual sex act, a claim that prosecutors said was a total fabrication. 

Carter's son gave a victim impact statement in court Friday. He described his mother being gone as "a hole that can't be replaced."