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Murder investigation



By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff The Union County Sheriff’s Office will seek a governor’s warrant following an extradition hearing in Dallas in which the prime suspect in a Mount Holly homicide refused to sign a waiver returning him to Arkansas, said Union County Sheriff Ken Jones.
Homer Ray Arnold, 44, formerly of Smackover, is wanted in connection with the death of Jerry Cornelious French, 67, who was found dead in his home earlier this month. A preliminary medical report listed the cause of French’s death as a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.
The process of seeking a governor’s warrant could add up to a month’s delay in returning Arnold back to the state, Jones said. The sheriff returned Friday from Dallas following a hour-long interview with the suspect Thursday.
"He wasn’t too forthcoming," Jones admitted, shortly before word of Arnold’s denial of extradition reached his office.
Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Dallas Police Task Force arrested the suspect Wednesday evening. Investigators were alerted to Arnold after finding French’s missing truck at his Dallas apartment complex last week.
Warrants were executed on the Dallas residence allegedly linking the suspect to French’s truck and the crime scene, according to law enforcement officials.

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