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Second suspect arrested in murder case

By TIA LYONS News-Times Staff A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of a Mount Holly man in May.
Derrick L. Williams, 29, of No. 14 Jessie, Magnolia, turned himself in to the Union County Sheriff’s Offi ce at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, Investigator Clark Burton said.
Williams later appeared in Union County District Court on a charge of capital murder. He was issued a $500,000 bond in any form that was acceptable to Sheriff Ken Jones, and Jones said a cash or corporate surety bond would be acceptable.
Homer Ray Arnold, 44, formerly of Smack over, was apprehended in Dallas on May 26, on a warrant for capital murder. Arnold is the prime suspect in the murder of Jerry Corne lius French, 67. French was found dead inside his Bertha Williams Road home on May 11. He died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. The UCSO obtained a governor’s warrant to return Arnold to Arkansas after he refused to sign a waiver of extradition. He was brought back to Arkansas on Aug. 21.
Jones said Williams had been a person of in terest since the investigation began, explaining that Williams drove Arnold to French’s house on the day of the murder, and he was aware that Arnold had planned to rob French.
"The investigation has been continuing since then. We felt that Mr. Arnold had some assis tance, and we developed enough evidence to arrest Derrick Williams. We have interviewed (Williams) several times since the murder. He fi nally became cooperative with us, and told us the truth. We obtained a warrant last week and asked him to turn himself in," Jones said.
When asked if investigators anticipate any more arrests in the case, Jones said "Our inves tigation will not stop here. We still have a lot of things and items we need to deal with, so it’s still an open investigation."


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