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Fort Smith pair jailed in slaying in Hackett

Break-in turned deadly, lawmen say by Thomas Saccente | February 17, 2021 at 3:29 a.m.
Jeffrey Allen Workman

HACKETT -- Two people were arrested Sunday in a fatal shooting.

Jeffrey Allen Workman, 46, of Fort Smith was arrested late Sunday on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree battery, aggravated residential burglary and possession of a firearm by certain persons, Philip Pevehouse, spokesman for the Sebastian County sheriff's office, said Tuesday. He also is being held on a parole violation.

Workman is at the Sebastian County jail with no bail set, an online inmate roster shows.

Jennifer Martin, 39, of Fort Smith also was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree battery, Pevehouse said. She is being held at the county jail in lieu of a $150,000 cash bond, according to the inmate roster.

Workman and Martin are scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Pevehouse identified the victim as Stephen D. Basham, 34, of Hackett.

The sheriff's office found a baseball bat and handgun used in the crime, Pevehouse said in a news release.

The sheriff's office was notified of a home invasion and gunfire in the 300 block of Plum Street about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, he said. Basham's body was found in his bed.

Witnesses in the home reported that an unidentified "tall white male wearing a hoodie with the hood on his head" entered the home by kicking in the front door, according to Pevehouse. He hit a man inside the home with a baseball bat, police said.

The assailant then went upstairs to a bedroom and fired five to six shots at Basham, killing him, according to Pevehouse. The shooter left before deputies arrived.

A woman and three children, ages 9 to 15, in the home weren't injured. The man hit with the bat required medical attention, Pevehouse said.

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