- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The latest on the capital murder trial for a man accused in the death of an Arkansas real estate agent (all times local):

6 p.m.

Prosecutors have concluded putting on evidence at the trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing a central Arkansas real estate agent.

Arron Lewis is accused of killing Beverly Carter in 2014. Lewis’ estranged wife Crystal Lowery said in testimony Thursday that Lewis killed Carter as part of a kidnapping plot gone wrong.

The defense team is to begin calling witnesses Friday. Lewis’ lawyer has suggested Carter may have died during a consensual sex act.

Lowery told jurors she pleaded guilty in the case because she is guilty, but defense lawyer Bill James questioned whether she was lying on the stand to protect herself. Lowery is serving a 30-year prison term.

Lowery said: “I’m not lying today.”


2:10 p.m.

The estranged wife of the man charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of an Arkansas real estate agent has told a jury the couple decided to kill the woman because they didn’t want to get caught.

Crystal Lowery told jurors Thursday that her husband Arron Lewis had killed Beverly Carter in 2014. She says she had asked him to leave her home and that she agreed to help with the kidnapping to help him raise enough money to move out.

Lowery described surveillance she says Lewis did on a house in west Little Rock before settling on Carter as a victim. She read a series of texts between her and Lewis about there being too many cameras at the house. She said the couple targeted a real estate agent because they often work alone and make a lot of money.

Defense lawyers are expected to question Lowery later Thursday.


10:40 a.m.

Testimony has resumed in the capital murder trial of an Arkansas man accused of kidnapping and killing a local real estate agent.

Arron Lewis faces life in prison without parole if convicted in the September 2014 death of Beverly Carter, who was suffocated. In opening statements Wednesday, prosecutors said Carter died when duct tape was wrapped around her face. Defense attorney Bill James argued that she may have accidentally died during a consensual sex act, a claim that prosecutors said was untrue.

Thursday’s proceedings opened with testimony from a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office detective.

Carter disappeared after telling her husband that she was showing a house in a rural area near Little Rock. Her body was later found at a concrete plant where Lewis once worked.

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