Arkansas Crime

Police say they've found what they believe to be the remains of an Arkansas boy who disappeared from his father's home last year.

Searcy police say human remains were found Wednesday in a field in a rural part of Jackson County, about 100 miles northeast of Little Rock. Police say they believe the remains are of Malik Drummond, who was 2 years old when he went missing in November 2014.

Sgt. Steve Hernandez wouldn't say how police knew to search the area, which is northeast of the boy's home. Hernandez says the remains have been sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Boxer Jermain Taylor Changes Pleas To Guilty In Three Cases

Dec 1, 2015
Jermain Taylor
KATV, Channel 7 News

Boxing champion Jermain Taylor appeared in court Tuesday morning, changing his pleas to guilty in three cases in which he is charged.

Asa Hutchinson governor
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is urging lawmakers to take a new look at the state's sentencing guidelines to find ways to cut the disparities in jail time offenders may receive for the same crimes.

Hutchinson on Monday told a task force looking at the state's criminal justice system it should review the guidelines judges are given for sentencing offenders. The Republican governor said he believes the guidelines aren't being followed strongly enough and should be given more weight.

Former Banker Dennis Smiley Sentencing Set For Jan. 21

Nov 30, 2015
dennis smiley
Arkansas Business

Former Arvest Bank President for Benton County H. Dennis Smiley Jr., will be sentenced Jan. 21 at the Judge Isaac Parker Federal Courthouse in Fort Smith. U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III signed the sentencing notice on Nov. 23.

Smiley’s sentence is anybody’s guess. Judge Holmes can defer from the sentencing guidelines. Federal sentencing guidelines indicate that Smiley could face a maximum sentence of 71-months, but it’s more likely the sentencing will be less.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

Attorneys for a man charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a central Arkansas real estate agent have submitted written arguments to keep his statements and other evidence from being presented at trial.

Attorney Bill James submitted a written brief Monday asking a judge to suppress Arron Lewis' statements to investigators because he asked for an attorney. Lewis is charged with kidnapping and capital murder in the 2014 disappearance of Beverly Carter.

Little Rock police say a 6-year-old child has died and his aunt faces a manslaughter charge in his apparent accidental shooting.

Police spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan said the Wednesday afternoon shooting appears to be accidental, but police are still investigating.

According to a police report, officers responding to a reported shooting found a woman standing near a car outside a home, crying and standing over the boy. The child had a gunshot wound to his face, and a handgun was nearby. The child died at a hospital.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

Attorneys for a man charged with killing a central Arkansas real estate agent have asked to suppress statements he made to investigators.

Arron Lewis is charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of Beverly Carter. He was in court for a hearing Monday.

Defense attorneys say Lewis didn't waive his right to an attorney and want statements he made to investigators suppressed, including a recording in which Lewis plays a voice memo of Carter telling her husband she's OK and not to call police.

James Clay
Delaware State Police

A Delaware man who was extradited to Arkansas over the weekend to face a murder charge will be held at the Jackson County Jail in Newport without bail.

68-year-old James Leon Clay of Georgetown, Delaware, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 1967 shooting death of 27-year-old James Ricks of North Little Rock.

Clay appeared in Newport District Court for a bail hearing on Monday after an eight-month extradition process. He is scheduled to be arraigned before Jackson County Circuit Judge Harold Erwin in Newport on Dec. 17.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

The man charged with killing a central Arkansas real estate agent is in court for a hearing less than two months before his case is to go to trial.

Arron Lewis is charged with capital murder and kidnapping for last year's killing of Beverly Carter. He's appearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday as lawyers argue motions ahead of the scheduled Jan. 12 trial.

Lewis' attorneys have made several requests, including to suppress messages found on a phone and to keep Lewis' wife from testifying against him.

Timothy Lamont Howard
Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Parole Board has unanimously denied a parole request from an inmate who has served more than 17 years in prison for a 1997 double slaying in south Arkansas.

Timothy Howard was originally convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the killings of Brian and Shannon Day. But the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial to review new evidence in the case. He was convicted of the lesser charges of second-degree murder and sentenced to 38 years in prison.