Capital Murder Trial Reset In Tontitown Stabbing Death

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Brock Atkins appears in court for the first time in connection with LeAnn Frazier's death

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KSFM) – A trial date has been set for the capital murder suspect accused of stabbing a woman to death in May near Tontitown, officials say.

Brock Atkins, 19, was scheduled to begin his trial this month in Washington County Circuit Court, but the date has been reset to Dec. 15, officials said.  Atkins remains in the Washington County Detention Center without bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.

Atkins pleaded not guilty in June to capital murder before Magistrate Judge Ray Reynolds. Not guilty pleas are common to allow the case to proceed in the court system.

The family of LeAnn Frazier, the woman Atkins is accused of stabbing to death, said they want the death penalty for the suspect. Prosecutors said they have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Another suspect in the case, Lewis “Tony” Hedges, was released from jail on his own recognizance on Aug. 14 after his charge was amended. He had been charged with being an accomplice to capital murder but now is charged with hindering apprehension after prosecutors said he destroyed evidence in the investigation. His trial also is set for Dec. 15 in Washington County Circuit Court.

Atkins, who was arrested May 21, is accused of stabbing LeAnn Frazier in the throat until she was dead during an altercation that centered on drugs, according to court documents.