Family Wants Death Penalty In Tontitown Knife-Slaying
The family of LeAnn Frazier, killed this week in a knife-slaying in Tontitown, told 5NEWS they want the death penalty applied in the case.
“I’d like to see him prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and I’d like to see him have the death penalty,” Frazier’s father, Marvin Stout, told 5NEWS, speaking of the murder suspect.
Stout and other members of Frazier’s family attended the initial court hearing on Friday (May 23) at the Washington County Detention Center for Brock Atkins, who faces a capital murder charge in the killing. (The family is seen above in a 5NEWS photo at the detention center on Friday. Stout is at center, wearing eyeglasses.)
Atkins is being held without bond and is set to be arraigned on June 23. (He is seen below in a 5NEWS photo at the detention center on Friday before Magistrate Judge Ray Reynolds.)
Atkins is accused of stabbing Frazier in the throat on May 21 until she was dead during an altercation that centered on drugs, according to court documents.
The documents state another man coaxed the murder suspect on and threatened to kill him if he did not kill the woman.
Atkins was arrested and booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Wednesday night on suspicion of capital murder.
A preliminary report on Atkins’ arrest states the victim, Frazier, woke Atkins up at 4 a.m. at his home on Story Lane near Tontitown. Atkins told police Frazier and two males he knew had come to his home, and Frazier accused Atkins of stealing methamphetamine from her, the report states.
Atkins said he told Frazier and the two men he had no idea what she was talking about.
“He then stated one of the males which he believed to be Wes (last name unidentified) produced a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at his head and told him if he didn’t have the drugs, then Leann was lying and he better kill her or Wes would kill him and his family,” the preliminary report states.
The report does not mention Wes’ last name, but the victim’s family told 5NEWS they believe a man named Wesley Randall was involved in the incident. A man named Wesley Randall was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Wednesday night on suspicion of violating parole, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The report states Wes then handed Atkins a Gerber brand knife, and Atkins tried to cut Frazier’s throat. Atkins missed, though, and instead cut Frazier across the face. Wes told Atkins to shut Frazier up, and one of them picked up a large piece of wood and threw it at her. It missed and hit the woman in the chest, according to the preliminary report.
Authorities said Wes continued to encourage Atkins to kill Frazier. The preliminary report states, “Leann attempted to run from the residence, so (Atkins) ran her down, tackled her and stabbed her in the throat area until she stopped making any noises. He then dragged her body to a ravine located behind his residence.”
After disposing of Frazier’s body, Atkins cleaned off the knife and took a shower “in order to wash the blood off his body and hair,” the preliminary report states.
Washington County detectives responded to the home on Story Lane on the morning May 21 to investigate the deadly stabbing. When authorities arrived, they found Frazier dead. Deputies shortly afterward placed Atkins into custody, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Frazier’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab to determine the official cause of death, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Frazier’s family told 5NEWS she was killed because she was a confidential informant for local law enforcement.
Court records show Atkins was awaiting trial in a drug case in Washington County. He was arrested March 26 on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia for meth or cocaine and had a trial date set for June 27, according to court documents.
He was released from jail on bond April 4. He also faced charges at the time of criminal mischief and domestic battery.
The Sheriff’s Office lists Atkins’ address as 579 Story Lane near Tontitown.