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What's next legally for suspect in murder of realtor?

What's next legally for suspect in murder of realtor?


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Earlier Tuesday morning, Arron Lewis freely spoke to media members as deputies led him to jail and later on to court. Now the question is, can anything he said be used in court?

Arron Lewis nods Tuesday morning acknowledging he would be willing to plead guilty. At this point, we are told he cannot.

"There may come a time when perhaps they will be some sort of plea bargaining where he may decide to plead guilty to capital murder in exchange for them not seeking the death penalty," said UALR Law Professor Felecia Epps.

Epps says if prosecutors seek the death penalty, there cannot be a guilty plea now.

"There actually has to be a trial," said Epps. "There actually has to be a sentencing hearing where the jurors decide if the death penalty is the appropriate sentencing."

Realtor's family, friends in shock over loss

Realtor's family, friends in shock over loss


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Those close to Beverly Carter sat in silence today at a press conference held by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. Investigators discussed limited details of the missing real estate agent's death. Most of her friends and family members are still in shock.

"On a personal note, Beverly and I have been friends for 11 years now," said friend David Goldstein. "And there are no words for me to tell you how much she's going to be missed."

Volunteers and police searched for Carter for days until her body was found early Tuesday morning.

David Goldstein has been a friend of Carter's for years. With the shocking news of her death not even a day old, Goldstein, fellow co-workers and friends were too broken up to speak.

Beverly Carter's loved ones facing reality as search comes to an end

Beverly Carter's loved ones facing reality as search comes to an end

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "This case did not end as we had hoped," a somber Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay says as he stands before the public in a Tuesday afternoon press conference with news that the search for Beverly Carter had come to an end.

Holladay continues, "We wanted to do everything that we could to find her while she was still alive. We weren't able to do that." Pulaski County searchers found the missing real estate agent about 20 miles from where she reportedly disappeared on the property of Argos Southern Star Concrete, where suspect Arron Lewis most recently worked. Investigators found Carter's body in a shallow grave.

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pulaski County sheriff's deputies are reporting that they have located the body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49.

As of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Arron Lewis is officially charged with capital murder of Carter. He was initially booked on a kidnapping charge and a parole hold for the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Lewis is also charged with robbery and four charges of possession of firearms by certain persons.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the sheriff's office to share more information. THV11 will be there.

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a central Arkansas realtor will be facing charges of murder.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis was taken into custody just after 10 a.m. Monday for the kidnapping of real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49. He was apprehended by the Little Rock Police Department Monday morning at Pleasant Pointe Apartments at 1602 Green Mountain Drive around 10 a.m.

Details of Lewis' arrest: http://on.kthv.com/1vpJsBt

The sheriff's office said Lewis was interrogated for 12 hours and eventually admitted to kidnapping Carter, but wouldn't say where she was.

He was booked just after midnight for kidnapping, and information gathered by investigators led to the location of Carter's body at the Pulaski/Lonoke County line.

Looking into the background of Arron Lewis

Looking into the background of Arron Lewis


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In a 911 tape a caller says, "This guy looks like him." Monday morning Little Rock police get a tip. The caller continues, "And he is nervous. He's out here at a bus stop."

Around 10 a.m. Arron Lewis was arrested and spent hours being interviewed and questioned about his role in the disappearance of real estate agent Beverly Carter. Sheriff Doc Holladay explains, "We will have him here for as long as we need to determine what we can from him to lead us to locating Ms. Carter, which is our primary goal.

Authorities are providing very little information in regard to Lewis's connection to Carter, which prompted THV11 to dig into his background, in search of people who may know him.