Court Date Reset For Woman Suspected Of Gunning Down Husband

Susan Fleck

A Benton County woman accused of shooting her husband to death while he slept earlier this year had a court hearing reset Monday in Benton County Circuit Court.

Susan Fleck, 32, had an omnibus hearing reset to July 15 in the March death of her husband Evan Fleck, officials said.

The hearing was delayed while attorneys await crime-lab results on firearm testing, officials said.

Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone filed a felony charge of capital murder against Fleck in March. Stone said at the time that he had 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 is being held in the Benton County jail.

The gunshot victim 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 on 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.

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, Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck said.

Cradduck said Fleck was shot with a handgun, which authorities later 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.”