Bond hearing, additional charges for Bella Vista explosive suspects


BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Joseph Witten, 38, and Ricky Burnett, 42, had a bond hearing on January 4 after their arrests in connection with the discovery of a homemade explosive device in Bella Vista on New Year’s Eve.

Witten is being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond and Burnett is being held on a $350,000 cash-only bond. Both men are being held at the Benton County Jail.

Witten is facing one charge of criminal acts involving explosives, a Class B felony.

Burnett faces the same charge, as well as these additional ones:

  • Criminal Use of Prohibited Weapons, Class B felony
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Class D felony
  • Criminal Mischief, misdemeanor (until the monetary value of the property destroyed is determined)

Their court date is set for Monday, February 14.

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