Arkansas Crime

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1:32 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

AG Holder In Arkansas Says Ferguson Highlights Need For Collaboration

Attorney General Eric Holder speaking Wednesday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.

Holder told a group of mayors and police chiefs that the shooting of Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the protests that followed show the need for expanded collaboration among law enforcement and the communities they serve.

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9:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Legislators Fume Over Parole Board After Recent Murder

Parole Board Commissioner Abraham Carpenter
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Intense media coverage of the murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter last week is causing a stir in the state legislature. A meeting Monday between lawmakers and parole officials turned contentious.

It didn’t take long for the tone and atmosphere in the Judiciary committee to turn hostile, as legislators let their frustrations known to Parole Board members. Representative Sue Scott of Rogers told Parole Board member Abraham Carpenter to get ready for an emotionally-tinged string of remarks.

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1:15 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Suspect In Realtor's Death Transferred To State Prison

Arron Michael Lewis
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Pulaski County authorities say the suspect in the kidnapping and slaying of a real estate agent has been transferred from the county jail to the state prison system.

County Sheriff Doc Holladay told reporters that 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis was transferred to the Arkansas Department of Correction after his parole was revoked Friday. Lewis was paroled in Arkansas in August 2013 after serving time for theft.

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4:28 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Ex-Arkansas Agency Official Pleads Guilty In Bribery Scheme

A former deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services has pleaded guilty to providing official assistance in exchange for bribes from the owner of two mental health companies.

Federal officials announced Thursday that 49-year-old Steven B. Jones had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges. Jones, of Marion, will be sentenced April 2, 2015.

Local & Regional News
7:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Advocates Urge Lawmakers For Juvenile Justice Reform

Advocates officials and lawmakers discuss the state's juvenile justice system.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Legislators heard from advocates and officials hoping to reform the state's judicial justice system on Wednesday. Panelists told lawmakers Arkansas is institutionalizing too many young people for minor offenses and the costs are high.

Madelyn Keith is with the Arkansas Youth Services Association. She wants more intervention to happen at the community level.

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Local & Regional News
8:42 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Funeral To Be Held Saturday For Slain Arkansas Real Estate Agent

Beverly Carter

Funeral services have been set for an Arkansas real estate agent who was found dead five days after she never returned from an appointment to show a house.
Crye-Leike Realtors says the funeral for Beverly Carter will be held Saturday morning at First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock.

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4:16 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Authorities: Suspect In Murder Of Realtor Had Appointment To View Home

Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley speaking during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, with Capt. Simon Haynes (far left) and Sheriff Doc Holladay (right).
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A real estate agent, whose body was found in a shallow grave early Tuesday, had been contacted by the suspect in her murder to view a house in Scott, investigators said.

A few key details of the investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office were shared during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Earlier in the day, 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis pleaded not guilty to preliminary charges of capital murder, kidnapping and robbery. He had been arrested by Little Rock Police Monday.

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10:19 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In The Death Of Real Estate Agent

Arron Michael Lewis being transported by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning.
Credit KARK-TV 4

A man accused of abducting and killing a real estate agent in rural Arkansas has pleaded not guilty to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder.

Arron Michael Lewis appeared in court Tuesday. The office of Pulaski County District Judge Wayne Gruber said Lewis pleaded not guilty to one count each of capital murder, kidnapping and robbery, as well as four weapons charges.

The 33-year-old Lewis is being held on $1 million bail.

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7:46 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Body Of Arkansas Real Estate Agent Found

Authorities say the body of an Arkansas real estate agent who disappeared Thursday has been found in a shallow grave at a concrete company.
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden says Beverly Carter's body was found early Tuesday in a rural area about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Arron Michael Lewis is being held in the Pulaski County jail on $1 million bail on suspicion of capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in connection with Carter's death. Formal charges are pending.
Police say Lewis admitted to kidnapping Carter.

Local & Regional News
11:13 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Suspect Arrested In Disappearance Of Arkansas Real Estate Agent

A police photo of Aaron Michael Lewis, after being injured in a traffic accident on Sunday.
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Authorities have arrested a man wanted in connection with an Arkansas real estate agent who has been missing since last week.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says Little Rock police arrested 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis on Monday morning. Lewis was named in an arrest warrant Sunday on suspicion of kidnapping 49-year-old Beverly Carter.

Authorities say Carter had planned to show a house in Scott on Thursday night but never returned from the appointment. She was still missing Monday morning.

No details were immediately released about Lewis' arrest.

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