Stories Of Abused Men In Arkansas


 

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Former doctor accused of murdering her boyfriend in Little Rock

Autopsy report shows man was murdered in Garland County

Columbia County woman convicted of killing her husband

Six months after being paroled Nena Bolton helps murder her grandfather

Woman stabs her boyfriend five times as he lays in hospital bed in Pulaski County

Wife claims she was victim of spousal abuse, kills husband when he tries to get his furniture out of the house in Little Rock

Lawrence County woman claims she shot her husband in self defense

Jacksonville woman rams boyfriend with her car

Mutual combat results in mutual arrest in Jacksonville

Jacksonville woman attacks boyfriend, he defends himself, both are arrested


 

Former doctor accused of murdering her boyfriend

July 21, 1998, Little Rock (Reuters) — A former Little Rock doctor is accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend. Authorities say Dr. Kimberly Davis is a suspect in the death of William Hurt III...a death they had originally considered a suicide. Evidentiary hearings were held yesterday to decide what could and could not be presented to the jury for deliberation. Davis' trial is scheduled to begin in September.


 

Autopsy report shows man was murdered

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July 23, 1998, Garland County (Reuters) —Autopsy reports on a Garland County man show he did not shoot himself as his wife said...he was shot from behind and bled to death before he could get help. Police say James Stevens could not have shot himself... and they now believe his wife, Annette Stevens shot him...then wrecked her car on the way to take him to hospital. Mrs. Stevens has been charged with second-degree murder but is free on a five-thousand dollar bond.


 

Columbia County woman convicted of killing her husband

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September 15, 1998, McNeil — Police say Nena Bolton's husband came back to her residence to retrieve his personal belongings and was shot after they became involved in an argument. Mrs. Bolton, age 42, was treated for shock before surrendering herself to authorities.

Trial testimony indicated that Larry Bolton was shot at Nena Bolton's residence at 207 Olive Street while picking up his clothes. Police recovered a .22-caliber gun, the apparent murder weapon, which had been reported stolen from a rural Columbia County residence.

Larry Bolton, a former deputy sheriff, was waterworks manager for the city of McNeil. His body was found face down in the hallway of the mobile home. When officers rolled him over, they found a soft-drink can in his hand. Witnesses had testified that Nena Bolton, while being led from her home, said her estranged husband had beaten her and forced her to take pills during a struggle.

Police found no direct evidence that she had been beaten. A stomach pump revealed only Valium that nurses at Magnolia Hospital had given her. She had been taken to the emergency room with blood on her hands, clothes and face, and was hysterical, nurses said.

The substance of her trial testimony was that her husband was controlling.

"I had to clean the floors with a towel and have two cooked meals. He wanted everything in its place. When he pointed his finger, I knew that meant to go to my room and stay there. When he cocked his eye a certain way, I was supposed to shut up and say no more. I minded Larry," she said on the stand.

She also related a conversation with her mother the night before Bolton's killing about what kind of bullets to load into a .22-caliber pistol.

Nena Bolton's testimony was cut short after the special prosecuting attorney, Brent Haltom, showed her photographs of the homicide scene. Ms. Bolton left the stand during an apparent nausea attack.

Her four-day trial ended abruptly on September 2, 1999, when she changed her plea from innocent of first-degree murder to guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

Mrs. Bolton was sentenced to 20 years in the penitentiary. However, she was released in late 2005 after serving just 6 years of her sentence.

Six months after being paroled Nena Bolton helps murder her grandfather

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© 2006 Abstracted from an article by Jen Brady, Magnolia Banner News

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Bloody clothing led to two arrests in mayor's slaying

June 21, 2006 —Two people, including the granddaughter of the victim, remained jailed Wednesday after an initial court appearance on charges of capital murder in the June 15 slaying of the mayor of McNeil.

Nena Danette Bolton, 50, and Shaunte Myron Smith, 27, both of McNeil, were arrested Tuesday in the death of 83-yearold Ralph Ward. They also face charges of residential burglary. Ms. Bolton is Mayor Ward's granddaughter. She was recently released from state prison after serving a sentence for the 1998 murder of her estranged husband, Larry Bolton.

A relative found Ralph Ward dead of an apparent stab wound in his home at 105 Mulberry Street while Ms. Bolton apparently waited in the car. He was the oldest mayor in the state and had served McNeil for 38 years.

In an interview with the Magnolia Banner-News on the morning after Ward's body was discovered in his home, Bolton said of her grandfather: "It was hard for him to say no to anybody. He was trusting and kindhearted."

Columbia County Sheriff Calvin Knighton said the arrest of Smith and Bolton resulted from information that developed over the weekend. Investigators interviewed multiple witnesses who identified Smith and Bolton as suspects. Those witnesses provided information that led to the discovery of clothing believed to have been worn by Smith during the killing. The clothing, found near Lake Columbia, had what was believed to be Ward's blood on it.

When taken to the sheriff's office for questioning, Smith reportedly acknowledged that the clothing belonged to him. He confessed to killing Ward with the help of Ms. Bolton, according to an affidavit obtained by the police.

Smith reportedly told police that Ms. Bolton took Ward out for ice cream and left a window in his house unlocked so Smith could get inside. Smith said he waited until Ms. Bolton returned home with Ward. When Ward was inside, Smith beat him with an ashtray and stabbed him with a knife. The motive, according to witness statements, was that Ms. Bolton would receive money from Ward's estate. After the estate was settled, Smith was to receive $1 million in exchange for killing Ward, statements said.

Smith was arrested Tuesday morning. Bolton was arrested that afternoon after an interview with Shreveport television station KSLA-TV. The CBS affiliate aired footage of Ms. Bolton's arrest, during which she said she had taken care of her grandfather and had nothing to do with his death. The television station reported that Ms. Bolton and Smith were in a relationship.

Ward retired after 40 years at Alumax, a producer of bath enclosures and shower doors. He previously served as McNeil School Board president, a Columbia County deputy sheriff, and McNeil city marshal as well as mayor.

Ms. Bolton served six years of a 20-year sentence for second-degree murder in the September 15, 1998, shooting death of her husband Larry Bolton. She was released from prison about six months ago.

 

Information for this article was contributed by Michelle Hillen of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Mike McNeil of the Magnolia Banner-News.


 

Woman stabs her boyfriend five times as he lays in hospital bed

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September 24, 1998, Pulaski County (States News Service) — Testimony is underway in the case of a Pulaski County woman accused of trying to kill her boyfriend. Police say Samantha Pentegar stabbed the man as many as five times as he lay in his hospital bed.

Ms. Pentegar pled insanity. The trial is expected to conclude this week.


 

Wife claims she was victim of spousal abuse, kills husband when he tries to get his furniture out of the house

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November 10, 1998 (States News Service) — A Little Rock victim of spousal abuse was arraigned for the murder of her estranged husband. Police say Bobby Baker was stabbed to death as he argued with Phyllis Baker over furniture he wanted to remove from the house. He was found lying in a pool of blood, with Phyllis Baker crying that she had not meant to kill him.

Police reports show that twice in the past seven years Phyllis Baker had filed orders of protection against Bobby but had failed to show up in court to have them made permanent. Mrs. Baker has been held since Friday in the Pulaski County Jail without bond.


 

Lawrence County woman claims she shot her husband in self defense

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November 19, 1998 (States News Service) — A Lawrence County woman says yes — she shot and killed her husband — but no — it was not murder. Elizabeth Hagar says she shot in self-defense when she killed husband Mark last year.

She's on trial for first-degree murder.


 

Jacksonville woman rams boyfriend with her car

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Jacksonville Patriot

March 6, 2010 — Quantasa Sherice House, 114 Overland Trail in Jacksonville, was arrested on one felony count each of second-degree domestic battery, first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and first-degree criminal mischief. The incident took place around 10:30 PM.

An officer responded to an apartment at 1108 S. James St. in reference to a person who had been struck by a car. Listed as the victim, Rickey Moore told police that his girlfriend had hit him with her car. He also said Ms. House got into her car, then accelerated it and smashed him between her vehicle and his friend's car.

An officer noticed cuts on Moore's lower left leg and bruising and swelling on his lower right leg. The other vehicle had a large dent in its passenger's side where Moore had apparently been standing. Moore stated that Ms. House had her 9-year-old son in the vehicle during the incident.

Police then made contact with House at her residence off Overland Trail. The officer detected a "strong odor of intoxicants" on the woman's breath. House told police that both of them had been drinking, and he had hit her in the face. She also said she put her son in the car, then she got into the car and ran Moore over because she was tired of being hit by him. According to a police report, however, the officer did not see any injury to the woman, but the officer did write about seeing several knives on a sofa in the living room. The woman's child was asleep in the living room at the time, police said. Ms. House said she had the knives out in case Moore came to get the car.


 

Mutual combat results in mutual arrest in Jacksonville

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Jacksonville Patriot

March 7, 2010 — At about 7:20 AM Jacksonville police responded to 105 Smart St. in reference to a stabbing.

Upon arrival to the Smart Street residence, William Daniels told police that he did have the knife, but that Laura Daniels grabbed it while they were arguing. He also said he had tried to get the knife again, but he was cut in the process. An officer noted that the man had a small cut on one of his hands.

Laura Daniels told police that her husband had stabbed her in the back. It left a small mark, and the skin was slightly broken, police said. She also said that the man had slapped her in the face, and she had kicked him between his legs. The woman also told police that the man then took a knife and stabbed her in the back.

Ultimately, Laura Annabelle Daniels, 105 Smart St., was arrested on one felony count of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count of third-degree domestic battery. William Daniels also faces one felony count of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count of third-degree domestic battery.


 

Jacksonville woman attacks boyfriend, he defends himself, both are arrested

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Jacksonville Patriot

March 10, 2010 —Krystal S. Foxx, 850 Military Road, was arrested on one misdemeanor count of third-degree domestic battery. Howard E. Farmer, 38, of Little Rock was arrested on one misdemeanor count of third-degree domestic battery. The incident took place around 2 PM. at a 950 Military Road apartment.

Farmer told police that Ms. Foxx had jumped out of the car and began pushing and hitting him. Farmer said the woman hit him in the chest and the back of his head and tore his shirt while grabbing him. An officer observed red scratch marks on the man's chest and the right side of the man's neck and saw that the man was wearing a torn shirt. Farmer said he hit Foxx in the face to defend himself.

Ms. Foxx told police her boyfriend hit her numerous times and kicked her in the face. She also said that he then began hitting her on the back and the left arm. The woman's left ear was red, and she also had scratch marks on her left arm, according to a police report.

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