Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a Gentry woman accused of shooting her husband to death while he slept, with the couple’s children in the house.
Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone’s office filed a felony charge of capital murder against Susan Fleck earlier this week. Stone said he has not decided whether his office will seek the death penalty against Fleck.
Benton County investigators released an arrest report March 5 that states Fleck shot her husband after finding a picture on his iPad of him embracing another woman.
Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green denied bond the same day for Fleck.
Fleck, 32, is being held in the Benton County jail for the death of her husband Evan Fleck.
He was found dead with a gunshot wound to the right side of cheek in his bed in the master bedroom of their home on Arkansas Highway 12 east of Gentry March 3, according to a probable cause affidavit from Benton County Circuit Court.
Fleck drove to Delaware County and called a Benton County dispatcher to report what had happened, court documents show. Fleck told dispatcher her husband was in the bedroom and had recently filed for divorce. She said she destroyed her life, according to the court documents.
The Fleck’s four children were home at the time of the shooting.
Fleck woke one child at 3:40 a.m. and said, “something bad happened,” according to court documents. She told kids to stay out of their father’s room.
A Delaware County booking report states Fleck was taken into custody at Twisters, a convenience store in Kansas, Okla., and booked into the Delaware County Detention Center in Jay, Okla., at about 7 a.m.
“It was a hearing to determine whether she wanted to sign her waiver of what they call extradition and to voluntarily agree to go back to Arkansas. She had the right to stay in Oklahoma and make the state of Arkansas obtain a warrant of extradition, which is a lengthy procedure,” said Carl Sloan, Delaware County undersheriff.
Investigators responded to a residence at 19147 Arkansas Highway 12 east of Gentry and found Evan dead in the bedroom of what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head, Cradduck said.
Cradduck said Fleck was shot with a handgun, which authorities have recovered.
Investigators said that the couple had been arguing before the shooting. Deputies searching the home found an iPad referenced by Fleck in her call to police. Photographs showed Evan Fleck embracing another woman, the affidavit states.
A detective confirmed Evan Fleck had engaged in an affair with the woman and that Susan Fleck knew about it, the woman in the picture told an investigator.
Evan Fleck filed for divorce from Susan Fleck on Feb. 19, according to records in the Benton County Circuit Clerk’s office.
He was employed at VeriFone in Bentonville, according to his Facebook page.
Cradduck said the couple’s four children, ages 7 to 15, were inside the home at the time of the shooting. After the incident, the children first were placed in the custody of the state Department of Human Services, but since have been placed with relatives, officials said.
“There are some conflicting stories about where exactly they were located in the home,” the sheriff said. “But there were children that were present at the home during the time of the shooting.”
Authorities said the suspect had left the scene and was taken into custody in Delaware County. Delaware County officials said Fleck was taken into custody at 6:04 a.m. Cradduck said Susan Fleck is now facing a capital murder charge, a class Y felony, since the killing apparently was premeditated.
Debby Linares, who lives in Gentry, told 5NEWS she had met the four children who live at the house about two weeks ago. She had gone there to interview for a babysitting job after responding to two ads on the babysitting website care.com placed by a man who identified himself as Evan F., she said.
In one ad, the man said he is a single father who needed someone to babysit his children while he traveled on business. In a second ad, the man also said he needed a babysitter in the mornings and afternoons to take his children to and from school, Linares said. His photograph did not run with the ad, nor did the ad say what Evan did for a living, she said. He was offering to pay between $5-$15.25 an hour, she said.
Linares said when she arrived at the house about two weeks ago, she spoke with the children outside the house because she had missed her appointment with Evan.
She said the children seemed very pale but “normal” and did not have any bodily marks to indicate they have been abused or injured.
“They seemed very normal and happy,” Linares said.
She often drove by the house later and remembers seeing a daughter frequently riding a motorized four-wheeler, she said.
Linares said she did not go inside the house the day she went there for an interview but doesn’t remember seeing anything unusual or untidy.
“It seemed like a normal house,” she said. “It was fine.”
Linares said she frequently drove by the house and often saw a “beautiful” gray vehicle, possibly a sport utility vehicle, parked outside. She assumed the vehicle was Evan’s, she said.
Only once did she see another vehicle outside, she said. That vehicle was an older blue four-door sedan, she said.
On March 3, Linares said she was on her way to church in Siloam Springs at 9:38 a.m. when she drove by the house and saw investigators outside. She added she is now concerned about the welfare of the children.