RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — A Russellville man has been arrested and charged in the deaths of two Yell County men whose bodies were recently found in a junkyard.
Twenty-two-year-old Aaron Brock and 22-year-old Beau DeWitt were found dead in a vehicle by authorities in southeast Russellville on Tuesday afternoon, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2dpeMPR ) reports.
Thirty-five-year-old Tyler Barefield was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of capital murder. He was arraigned Friday morning, and is set to enter a plea on Oct. 31. He has been ordered held without bail.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Barefield has an attorney.
Dardanelle Police Chief Montie Sims says Brock’s mother contacted his department Saturday after her son disappeared Friday night from their home. DeWitt’s mother, Kim Cooksey-DeWitt, said the two men were friends and car lovers.
“That’s all they ever did, was work on their cars,” Cooksey-DeWitt said. “They didn’t have very many friends, it was just them two together. But they were dropped off at midnight outside of that junkyard. And then nobody ever heard from them again.”
According to Cooksey-DeWitt, the men went to U-Pull-It Auto Parts on Sept. 16 during business hours with the intention of buying parts for a vehicle that DeWitt had purchased and wanted to get in good order before his girlfriend gave birth to their son.
Cooksey-DeWitt said they ran out of time to have the parts removed during business hours, so the two men returned at midnight with their girlfriends to get the parts. She said Brock and DeWitt were supposed to call their girlfriends after they removed the parts, but never did.
She said they intended to pay for the parts the next day.
According to Cooksey-DeWitt, the men’s girlfriends and Brock’s mother went to the junkyard after it opened and found DeWitt’s cellphone and headlamp on the ground before a missing persons report was filed with Russellville police.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com