Polk County Man Arraigned On Four Counts Of Capital Murder In Deaths Of Mena Family

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Brian Travis

POLK COUNTY (KFSM) — A man admitted to killing four people in Polk County, according to a court affidavit. He was arraigned on four counts of capital murder on Monday (May 1).

Brian Bliss Travis, 37, is accused of murdering two children, their mother and their great uncle last week, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Police found the body of 2-year-old Acelynn Wester on Friday (April 28). Her brother, Rielly, 9, was found on Saturday (April 29). The children’s mother, Bethany Jo Wester, 43, was found dead in Buffalo Creek on Tuesday (April 25), and their great uncle, Steven Payne, 66, was found dead in a home in Hatfield on Thursday (April 27).

On Saturday (April 29), an investigator interviewed Travis at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Travis confessed that he had killed Bethany Wester, Steven Payne, Acelyn Wester and Rielly Scarborough. The affidavit states that he offered to show investigators where the body of Rielly Scarborough was located.

Travis was arraigned late last week on unrelated charges of furnishing or possessing prohibited articles, the release states.

Travis is being held in the Polk County Detention Center without bond, and a protective order was issued in the case to prevent any party from making extrajudicial statements.


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