2nd suspect denied bond in Pea Ridge officer’s death

Northwest Arkansas News

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The second suspect accused in the death of Pea Ridge Officer Kevin Apple has been denied bond.

Judge Brad Karren ruled in the Benton County District 2 Circuit Court that Shawna Cash, 22, of Pine Bluff, will be held without bond on a capital murder charge.

A court date is set for July 26 for prior misdemeanors that Cash was involved in.

An arraignment hearing is set for August 2.

Elija Andazola Sr. 18, of Bella Vista, was also denied bond on Monday on a capital murder charge in Apple’s death.

In a probable cause affidavit bond document, Cash was identified as the driver. Camera footage obtained from White Oak gas station shows the suspect vehicle parked at the gas pumps when Officer Apple’s car pulled in front and another officer pulled in behind the vehicle.

Surveillance footage shows Officer Apple exiting his vehicle and standing by the driver’s side tire attempting to verbally engage Cash and Andazola. Seven seconds after Officer Apple exited his vehicle, the video shows Cash accelerating backward, slamming into the other officer’s vehicle.

In the video it appears Officer Apple draws his weapon and approaches the front of the suspect vehicle, standing directly in front of it. Approximately three seconds later, Cash accelerated forward striking Officer Apple.

The officer was carried on the front of the suspect’s vehicle for several feet until Cash steered slightly to the right, striking the left front of Officer Apple’s patrol car, pinning him between two vehicles. As Cash continued to accelerate, Officer Apple was dragged underneath the suspect’s vehicle.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team later determined Officer Apple was dragged approximately 149 feet through the gas station parking lot, over a curb, almost to the intersection of Townsend Way and Slack Street where his body came to rest.

A criminal history check shows Shawna Cash had past convictions of domestic third degree battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony failure to appear, possession of a controlled substance and theft of property.

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