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Two arrested in deadly Hackett shooting, home invasion

by Thomas Saccente | February 22, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
Jeffrey Allen Workman

HACKETT -- Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday.

Jeffrey Allen Workman, 46, of Fort Smith was arrested Feb. 14 on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree battery, aggravated residential burglary and possession of a firearm by certain persons, Philip Pevehouse, public information officer for the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday.

Workman also is being held on a parole violation.

Workman is in the Sebastian County Jail with no bond 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. Martin is being held at the county jail on a $150,000 cash bond, according to the inmate roster.

Workman and Martin both are scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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

The Sheriff's Office found the baseball bat and handgun used in the crime, Pevehouse said.

The Sheriff's Office was notified of a home invasion and shots fired in the 300 block of Plum Street about 5:30 a.m. Feb. 14, he said. Basham's body was found in his bed.

Witnesses in the home reported 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 in the home with a baseball bat, police said.

The man 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 juveniles, ages 9 to 15, in the home weren't injured. The man hit with the bat required medical attention, Pevehouse said.

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer Martin

Thomas Saccente can be reached by email at [email protected]

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