Murder Suspect’s Former Neighbors React To Realtor’s Killing

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) - The killing of a central Arkansas realtor has captured the country's attention, but it hits a little closer to home for one Springdale neighborhood.

Arron Lewis, 33,  was charged with capital murder in the death of Beverly Carter on Tuesday (Sept. 30). Lewis was also charged with robbery and four counts of possession of firearms by certain persons.

Lewis has a criminal history involving arrests in Northwest Arkansas and a local conviction that resulted in prison time. He is listed as living on Clay Avenue in Springdale on court documents from two of his arrests in 2011.

Lewis was arrested Feb. 15, 2011, by Rogers police after they said he stole $1,230 in merchandise from the Walmart on Walnut Street.

Lewis was convicted in November 2011 of felony theft of property. He began serving a six-year prison sentence in December 2011 at the Arkansas Correctional Facility in the Grimes Unit northeast of Newport in Jackson County. He was released on parole Aug. 2, 2013.

Jo Ann Sedrick and her husband live a few doors down from where Lewis lived on Clay Avenue. She said he was rarely seen in the neighborhood.

"I feel like he was probably someone that stayed to himself," she said. "I don't think he's one that really got out in the neighborhood and mixed like the other neighbors do."

Brian Wandstrat said what happened is devastating, but is a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings.

"You really have to take care of your own self and be aware of your surroundings all the time," he said. "You always have to have a plan in place or almost a keen sense of what's going on around you."

While a suspected killer once lived along their street, neighbors said they are not afraid.

"Unfortunately they are all over the place, and apparently on the same street that I now live," Wandstrat said.

"You can't live your life in fear," Sedrick said. "I still feel like it's a safe neighborhood."

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said they located Carter's body Tuesday morning in a shallow grave near Cabot, about 20 miles northeast of central Little Rock.

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  • Steve Laser

    …and if criminals were required to serve their sentences according to the number of years that they were sentenced, he would still be in prison now and the crime would not have been committed.

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