Suspect in area murder apprehended
By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Dallas Police Task Force nabbed a primary suspect in a Union County homicide investigation Wednesday evening in Dallas, according to Chief Deputy Jerry Thomas of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The UCSO sought Homer Ray Arnold, 44, formerly of Smackover, in connection with the death of Jerry Cornelious French, 67, of Mount Holly, after French’s missing truck was found outside a Dallas residence last week.
Dallas police officers, along with the U.S. Marshals Service, have assisted investigators by providing roundthe-clock surveillance of the residence since that time.
Officials spotted the suspect sitting on the front porch of the residence around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Thomas. The suspect attempted to flee, but was quickly apprehended, and authorities notified Union County Sheriff Ken Jones around 9 p.m. Wednesday that Arnold was in custody. Jones and Arkansas State Police Investigator Jim Linkous were on their way Thursday to Dallas to inter view the suspect, said Thomas.
"They’ll start the extradi tion process. If he waives extradition, he’ll be back as soon as the first of next week," said Thomas. If Arnold denies extradition, a governor’s warrant will be sought, which would delay his return to Arkansas.
A preliminary medical report on French listed the cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the back of the head, and his home appeared to have been burglarized. Last week, warrants were execut ed on the Dallas residence allegedly linking the suspect to French’s truck and the crime scene, according to law enforcement officials.