Anderson ordered to undergo mental evaluation

Posted: November 20, 2017 at 1:26 p.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A judge today ordered a mental evaluation for a Fayetteville man accused of attempting to kill a woman.

Cody Anderson, 30, is charged with attempted murder in the first degree, battery in the first degree and three counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree. He is also charged as a habitual offender.

He previously pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Jay Saxton, Anderson's attorney, requested a mental evaluation for his client.

Circuit Judge Robin Green granted the request and suspended the proceedings until the evaluation is completed.

A mental status hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 5.

Anderson was arrested Sept. 13. On Sept. 12 that Anderson had beaten her mother causing compound fractures and a large amount of bleeding, according to a probable cause affidavit,

Bella Vista police officers went to the home and found Dusty Reins covered in blankets in a bedroom with a strong gasoline smell, according to court documents. Reins' left arm had a bone exposed, and the bed was covered with blood, according to the affidavit.

Firefighters treated Reins and put a splint on her right arm, which they suspected had also been broken, according to the affidavit.

Reins was taken to Mercy Hospital in Rogers where a doctor told police that each of Reins arms and legs had been broken and some had multiple breaks, according to the affidavit.

Reins told police that she had been in a relationship with Anderson and he came into her bedroom and struck her on the right leg with a board, according to the affidavit. Reins said she felt her leg break and Anderson continued to hit her, according to court documents.

Anderson retrieved a can of gasoline and poured it on the bed and on the floor, according to the affidavit. Reins told police Anderson threatened to set her on fire, according to the affidavit.

Anderson called Reins' daughter and told her to check on her mother, the affidavit says. Anderson also threatened to kill Reins' daughter and her boyfriend before he (Anderson) left the residence.

He is being held on $150,000 bond in the Benton County Jail.

NW News on 11/21/2017