IZARD COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — An order to unseal an affidavit for probable cause in the death of Rebekah Gould was issued Wednesday, April 7, 2021, by the Circuit Court of Izard County.
William Alma Miller, 44, has been charged with first-degree murder in Gould’s death.
Gould, 22, was the Fayetteville college student who was found dead off Highway 9, south of Melbourne, in Izard County on September 27, 2004.
PROBABLE CAUSE AFFIDAVIT INFORMATION:
The Arkansas State Police medical examiner stated that Gould was a victim of homicide.
On November 7, 2020, William Alma Miller was interviewed regarding the investigation by an Arkansas State Police investigator. Miller told the investigator that on the morning of September 20, 2004, he drove to the McCullough residence where he hid his truck in a field behind the home.
Miller knocked on the front door and Gould let him in so he could use the phone. Miller stated that he “pretended” to use the phone and Gould went back to her bedroom and went to bed. Miller stated he grabbed a piano leg from a piano in the living room. He went to Gould’s bedroom and hit her several times with the piano leg causing her death.
Miller wrapped her body in a blanket, placed her in the bed of the truck, and dumped her along a highway a few miles outside of Melbourne.
A jury trial is scheduled for August 25-27, 2021, according to a court docket report.
In Arkansas, a conviction of first-degree murder carries 10 to 40 years in prison or life in prison.