Four arrested in connection to capital murder after body found near Beaver Lake


BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFTA) — Four people were arrested after a body was found near Beaver Lake on Monday, three facing capital murder charges.

Zackary Whitcomb, 19, and David Adair, 26 were booked into Benton County Jail yesterday.

Mark Brannan, 31, and Lydia Riggs, 20, were also arrested today, February 27.

The victim was identified as 23-year-old Lavonte Jackson. Jackson’s body was found around 3 p.m. on Monday near Beaver Lake, but law enforcement believe the murder took place in a different location.

Benton County Sheriff Shawn Holloway said he thinks drugs are more than likely involved in this murder.

“Prayers go out to this young man’s family and friends regardless of what situation he’s found in,” Sheriff Holloway said. “He’s still a human being and someone is at a loss for this man not being here in this world anymore.”

Sheriff Holloway said this goes to show the evil that can happen when you get involved with drugs.

Lavonte Jackson

Jackson’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

A cause of death has not been determined.

All four suspects have bond hearings on Friday, February 28.

Sheriff Holloway was not able to give any more details at this time.

Stay with FOX24 for additional updates as they become available.

Correction: In our original reporting, based on statements made by the Benton County Sheriff, we mistakenly reported that Mark Brannan was charged with capital murder. He faces felony charges, including abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. KNWA & FOX24 regret the error.

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