Man Accused of Killing Infant Stepson Gets May 20 Trial Date


The trial of a Springdale man accused of killing his infant stepson has been reset to begin May 20 in Washington Court Circuit Court, according to court officials.

Tremelle Deshun Overton, 23, was arrested Aug. 1 after his two-month-old stepson was found not breathing, Springdale police said.

Overton’s trial was set to begin Jan. 28 but was delayed at least twice, according to court records.

The trial now is set to begin May 20 before Circuit Judge William A. Storey, officials said.

Overton and the boy’s mother, Ashley Overton, initially told police the baby was in his bed and just stopped breathing, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Later, when the mother was alone with police, she admitted there was more, the report states.

The mother said Overton was watching the child while she slept. When she woke, she found the baby strangely wrapped in a blanket in its crib. The blanket was wrapped tightly around the child’s head from the neck up, and had been folded and tucked underneath him, the report states.

The mother said she frantically unwrapped the child. He wasn’t breathing, according to the report.

She immediately called 911.

Overton was on parole at the time for beating Ashley Overton while she was pregnant with the boy, according to the preliminary report. The couple had an argument the night before the baby’s death, and she told Overton she was going to leave him, according to the report.

Overton was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

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