Arkansas Crime

Arraignment for Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck has been moved up a week.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported Monday that Cradduck's attorney and a special prosecutor agreed to move arraignment to Feb. 22 rather than Feb. 29, which is the day before the primary election. Cradduck is running for a third term and faces three primary opponents.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officers say they're investigating a video being circulated on Facebook that purportedly shows a deer being beaten with a textbook.

Officers said Friday they believe the video was made in Arkansas by three Georgia residents and one Arkansas resident. Agents say they've questioned one of the individuals and plan to get statements from the other three within the next two days.

Former Bank Executive Dennis Smiley Sentenced To 97 Months For Fraud

Jan 28, 2016
dennis smiley
Arkansas Business

Former Arvest Bank banker Dennis Smiley will spend the next eight years in federal prison for the bank fraud he committed with 24 banks while obtaining 55 loans and wrongly using three of his subordinates and forging the names of his father and wife.

A northeast Arkansas prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against a man charged in the abduction and slaying of a 90-year-old Bay woman. 

William Asa Hutchinson III
Washington County Sheriff's Office

State Police say Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's son has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his car hit a guardrail.

A State Police spokesman said Monday that 40-year-old William Asa Hutchinson III was arrested early Sunday on Interstate 49 in Fayetteville. A trooper had responded to a single-vehicle crash and found the governor's son in the vehicle.

Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck has been arrested on two charges, including one felony.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported Tuesday that Cradduck was arrested on a felony count of tampering with a public record and a misdemeanor count of tampering.

Cradduck has been under investigation for allegedly trying to backdate pay for an employee of the county jail.

KHOG-TV reports that Cradduck's next court date is scheduled for Feb. 29th.

Clark County authorities and Arkansas State Police say a 5-year-old girl has died after being found not breathing in a home near Amity by deputies investigating a report the child was "possibly" poisoned.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler told reporters that deputies were called to the home Sunday and found both the girl and a woman with a gunshot wound. Sadler says the girl was pronounced dead at a hospital and the woman is hospitalized in undisclosed condition.

Arron Lewis
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. 

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

An Arkansas prosecutor told jurors that a man killed a real estate agent when a ransom plan began to fall through, though his defense attorney maintains the death was an accident.

Pulaski County Deputy Prosecutor Barbara Mariani said during her opening statement Wednesday that Arron Lewis targeted Beverly Carter.

Mariani said Lewis and his wife lured Carter to a rural home outside Little Rock and tried to demand a ransom from her husband, but when the plan started to unravel, Lewis killed Carter by wrapping her head in duct tape.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

A jury has been seated in the trial of a man accused of killing an Arkansas real estate agent after luring her to a rural home outside Little Rock. Opening statements are set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

12 jurors and two alternates will hear the case against Arron Lewis, who has pleaded not guilty to capital murder and kidnapping in the death of 49-year-old Beverly Carter.