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Aunt says girl's killer badly abused as child

Prosecutor argues for death penalty

Subscriber onlyThe aunt of a man convicted Wednesday in the strangulation death of a 6-year-old girl said the man's stepfather injected him with methamphetamine when he was a boy. Continue reading...

Defense begins attempt to avoid death sentence for Holly

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE — Defense attorneys began presenting their case Thursday in an effort to convince jurors to spare Zachary Holly from a death sentence. Continue reading...

Zachary Holly found guilty of murder

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE — Zachary Holly was found guilty Wednesday of killing 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman. Continue reading...

Jurors hear testimony on 6-year-old's final moments

Subscriber onlyA medical examiner clawed at his neck to show jurors how 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman attempted to free herself while being strangled by her killer. Continue reading...

Defense attorney says Zachary Holly caused Jersey Bridgeman's death

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE — One of the attorneys representing capital murder suspect Zachary Holly told jurors Monday that his client kidnapped, had sexual contact with and caused the death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman. Continue reading...

Bentonville jail recordings can't be used as evidence during Holly's trial

Subscriber onlyJurors will not hear excerpts of jail recordings with confessions by accused murderer Zachary Holly, according to a ruling by Circuit Judge Brad Karren on Friday. Continue reading...

11th juror selected for Holly murder trial

Subscriber onlyThe 11th juror was chosen Thursday morning during jury selection for Zachary Holly’s murder trial. Continue reading...

Judge: Capital murder suspect Holly allowed to shower before court appearances

Subscriber onlyRobby Golden, one of Holly’s attorneys, told the judge that Holly has been placed on restrictions and he was not allowed to shower before his court appearance. Golden wanted his client to shower. Continue reading...

Fifth juror selected for Holly murder trial

Subscriber onlyOne more juror was selected Tuesday morning to serve on the panel for Zachary Holly’s murder trial. Continue reading...

Three jurors selected in Zachary Holly murder trial

Subscriber onlyTwo men and a woman were selected Monday morning to serve on the jury for Zachary Holly’s murder trial. Continue reading...

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Scott Stober pleaded guilty Monday to stealing from Benton County while he worked there as an admini...

Scott Stober pleaded guilty Monday to stealing from Benton County while he worked there as an administrator.

Published: July 21, 2014

Perry Dennis Davis Jr., 50, of Bentonville is escorted Friday morning  by a sheriff's deputy to a pa...

Perry Dennis Davis Jr., 50, of Bentonville is escorted Friday morning by a sheriff's deputy to a patrol car after a hearing in hi...

Published: January 18, 2014

Perry Dennis Davis Jr., 50, of Bentonville is escorted Friday morning  by a sheriff's deputy to a pa...

Perry Dennis Davis Jr., 50, of Bentonville is escorted Friday morning by a sheriff's deputy to a patrol car after a hearing in hi...

Published: January 17, 2014

Paul Martinez, a Benton County sheriff's deputy, escorts Perry Davis to a patrol car following a hea...

Paul Martinez, a Benton County sheriff's deputy, escorts Perry Davis to a patrol car following a hearing in Davis' murder case.

Published: November 1, 2013

Firefighters at the scene of a July 24th fire at 11888 Malone Road.  The abandoned house was destroy...

Firefighters at the scene of a July 24th fire at 11888 Malone Road. The abandoned house was destroyed, but other firefighters nea...

Published: September 15, 2013

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