21-year-old Paris man charged with two counts of murder after deadly Greenwood house fire


UPDATE (2/3/20): Johnathan Carroll Massey, 21, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after two burned bodies were found outside a home in Greenwood on Thursday, according to 12th Judicial District prosecuting attorney Daniel Shue.

Massey was previously arrested after being pulled over in Booneville in a truck stolen from the scene of the incident in Greenwood.

No bond has been set for Massey, who’s also been charged with felony arson, aggravated robbery, and theft of property.

Carroll Wayne Elmore and Sharon Diane Bernard were identified as the victims.

He will be arraigned on the charges on February 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the Sebastian County Courts Building.

UPDATE: Johnathan C. Massey of Paris has been arrested in relation to this fire, police report.

He was found in the truck with bloody clothing, according to reports.

He has been charged with theft of property in relation to the missing vehicle, according to the report.

He is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center with no bond.

UPDATE: At around 5:30 p.m. a white Chevy pickup truck was pulled over in Booneville in connection to the fire, according to a police report from Captain Philip Pevehouse.

Interviews with neighbors and family members revealed the truck was missing from the residence, according to the report.

The truck will be processed for evidence and the driver was taken in for an interview with officers.

Police reported there is a possibility of more suspects being identified and arrested.


GREENWOOD, Ark. (KFTA) — Two burned bodies were found outside of a house fire near Greenwood.

The house fire happened around the 3700 block of Clarks Chapel Road.

The two bodies were found outside the home that was on fire, according to Captain Philip Pevehouse with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.

“We are at a scene of a house fire and there are two bodies still under investigation,” according to Captain Philip Pevehouse with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. 

The deaths are considered suspicious and an investigation is underway.

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