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Fort Smith Man Arrested in Strangulation Murder

FORT SMITH, AR-- On Monday, police arrested a suspect in the murder of a woman found strangled in her home.
FORT SMITH, AR-- On Monday, police arrested a suspect in the murder of a woman found strangled in her home.

Kevyphonh Sounyaphong, 59, faces charges of first degree murder. He was transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center, where he remains on $500,000 bond, according to the Fort Smith Police Department.

In January, Sakounsouk Vilayhong's husband told police he found her body lying on the floor of her Fort Smith home after she had spent that morning and afternoon at Choctaw Casino in Poteau, OK.

Detectives investigated for several months and collected DNA evidence, leading to Sounyaphong’s arrest.

An autopsy of Sounyaphong showed she had been strangled.

He was taken to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on $500,000.00 bond.
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