An Arkansas State Police investigator said in court Monday a man accused of killing a 25-year-old Newport woman admitted to abducting and sexually assaulting her before killing her.
At 2 p.m. Monday, Quake Lewellyn arrived at the Jackson County Circuit Court for his first appearance before Judge Harold Erwin.
An ASP agent said on the stand that Lewellyn “admitted to seeing Sutherland walking on CR 41.”
Lewellyn reportedly then abducted her, took her to farmland and sexually assaulted her, then buried her body.
After reviewing the affidavit, Erwin found probable cause to charge Lewellyn with capital murder, kidnapping, and rape. He ordered Lewellyn be held without bond. His next court appearance is set for Oct. 1.
Lewellyn has been sent to stay in the Randolph County jail, as the case proceeds.
Jackson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Lewellyn, 28, of Jonesboro on suspicion of murder in the death of Sydney Sutherland.
His arrest came Friday after searchers found Sutherland’s body.
According to friends and family, Sutherland went on a jog near her home on Highway 18 on Wednesday and never returned.
The Arkansas State Medical Examiner in Little Rock, using DNA collected, confirmed the body was Sutherland’s, according to Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas.
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