Teen Pleads Guilty to Rape in Mississippi County

BLYTHEVILLE, AR – Carlo Love, 18, pleaded guilty to the rape of two girls, ages 11 and 8, today in Mississippi County Circuit Court. He received twenty years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, which will be followed by a ten-year suspended imposition of sentence. On November 19, 2016, the victims were at their grandfather’s house when Love asked if they wanted to play a game, and locked the two girls in a room with him. The juveniles were taken to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital afterwards, where DNA evidence was recovered.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Curtis Walker and Gina Knight prosecuted the case for the State of Arkansas. Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “I want to thank Deputy Prosecutors Curtis Walker and Gina Knight for their diligence and effort to keep this sexual predator away from the citizens of Blytheville. I also want to extend my thanks to Investigator Katherine Chlapecka with the Crimes Against Children Division and Eric Farrell with the Blytheville Police Department for their excellent police work on this case. It helped our prosecutors secure a conviction without putting the young victims through the trauma of a trial.”

West Memphis Man Convicted of Manslaughter and Fleeing Sentenced to 25 Years

Marion, AR – Justin East, 28, of West Memphis was convicted yesterday of Manslaughter and Fleeing. The Crittenden County jury recommended a sentence of 25 years. Circuit Judge Randy Philhours followed the jury’s recommendation and imposed the recommended terms, deciding to run them consecutively. On May 24, 2016 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the defendant got into a fight with Dedrick Meadows, 40, of West Memphis.  After a brief scuffle, East pulled a .32 cal. revolver and shot the victim six times. Four of the bullets entered Meadows’s back as he was trying to run away from the altercation. Meadows was unarmed. East fled the scene at a high rate of speed in a pickup truck as West Memphis Detectives Stacy Allen, Martin Gill and Ira Roundtree gave chase. East threw the weapon out of the vehicle as he was being pursued. East pled self-defense. The trial began on November 7th and ended when the jury returned its verdict and sentence recommendation at Thursday evening, November 9th. The jury which was made up of 7 women and 5 men deliberated four hours. The jury also found East guilty of using a firearm to commit a felony and tampering with evidence.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Young prosecuted the case for the State of Arkansas.  Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “I want to thank Deputy Prosecutor Tom Young for his thorough efforts in obtaining justice for the family of Dedrick Meadows. This was a tough case and he devoted many hours preparing for this trial. I also want to thank the officers of the West Memphis Police Department who arrested the defendant and investigated this case. The jury thoughtfully considered the evidence and spent three long days hearing evidence and rendering a just verdict.”

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Woman Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Capital Murder

JONESBORO, AR – Joy Deason-Werner, 43, was convicted yesterday of Conspiracy to Commit Capital Murder and sentenced by the jury to eight years in prison. On May 28, 2015, a detective was made aware that Deason-Werner had approached a confidential informant to have her husband killed. Deason-Werner then later met with an undercover agent, who recorded the meeting, and confirmed that she wished to hire him to kill her husband.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Grant DeProw prosecuted the case for the State of Arkansas. Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “I want to thank Deputy Prosecutor Grant DeProw for his thorough efforts to secure a conviction for the State of Arkansas, and I also want to extend my thanks to Jonesboro Police Department and Officer John Frazier, for their excellent police work on this case.”

Two Plead Guilty to Murder Charges in Crittenden County

MARION, AR – Jessie Brisco, 31, pleaded guilty to First Degree Murder on Friday, October 20. He stabbed Carla Brown, 41, twenty-six times, killing her in the same house where her three-year-old daughter was staying on September 4th, 2016. Judge Randy Philhours sentenced him to forty years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Dwayne Antonio Smith, 21, pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder on Friday. He beat his lover James Bedford, 27, to death with a hammer on April 21, 2017. Smith received fifty years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for the murder, and received an additional sixteen years for an unrelated robbery charge.

Deputy Prosecuting Thomas Young prosecuted both cases for the State of Arkansas. Second Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “I want to thank Deputy Prosecutor Tom Young for his diligence in this case, as it led to getting two violent murderers off of our streets without putting the County through the cost of a trial. I also want to thank the West Memphis Police Department, particularly Sergeant Harvey Taylor and Lieutenant Troy Galtelli, for their thorough investigations that helped make these convictions possible.”

Pictured: Jessie Brisco

Pictured: Dwayne Smith

Man in Greene County Faces First Degree Murder Charge

PARAGOULD, AR– Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced today that his office has filed formal charges against Adam Casey Brown for Murder in the First Degree.

Adam Brown, 37, is accused of shooting and killing Jeremy Green at the Valero gas station in Marmaduke, AR on August 4, 2017. Brown’s next court appearance will be in Greene County Circuit Court on October 26, 2017.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.