Fayetteville man pleads not guilty to murder after body dumped on Interstate 49

Northwest Arkansas News

UPDATE: Reaves pleaded not guilty to the death of a woman whose body was dumped along I-49.

He is currently facing a capital murder charge and is set to appear in court April 27.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A man from Fayetteville was arrested following a shooting that killed a woman on Interstate 49 on Saturday, December 26.

Lazarus Reaves, 29, is facing charges of capital murder, possession of a firearm by certain persons, and tampering with physical evidence.

The homicide victim was identified as 27-year-old Shaletian Robin Zetta Larry of Conyers, Georgia.

Lazarus Reaves, 29

According to a preliminary report, on December 26 around 4 p.m., Arkansas State Police was called for a woman’s body lying in the roadway on the southbound 67A exit ramp on I-49.  The woman was taken to Washington Regional where she was pronounced dead.

Troopers located a .40 Caliber shell casing at the crime scene along with the body.

A witness stated that he observed a black BMW driving erratically. The witness stated that he saw the car stopped in the traffic lane on exit 67A. The witness says they saw a black male near the victim who then got in the car and drove away, leaving the female lying on the road.

A Fayetteville Police Officer located a BMW matching the description of the reported car and followed it into the Village Lake apartment complex. The officer ran the license plate of the vehicle and it returned as being registered to a Kia Soul with the victim as the registered owner.

Officers set up at the apartment and Reaves came out of the apartment and was detained.

On Sunday, December 27, a search warrant was executed on the black BMW. During the search, they found multiple items belong to Reaves, including check stubs and a debit card with his name and photo.

A black Springfield Hellcat 9mm was found in the center console. Two other handgun magazines, a Springfield 9mm and an FN .40 Caliber were found in the trunk of the car.

When police searched the apartment where Reaves was staying, officers located .40 Caliber ammunition in the bedroom. 

On Monday, December 28, officers located a .40 caliber FN handgun in a dumpster from the apartment complex that was in close proximity to the BMW and the suspect’s apartment. 

Surveillance video and cell phone images were located that shows the suspect with the victim shortly before she was found on the highway.

Reaves is currently being held on a $250,000 bond. He will be arraigned in court on January 27 at 7:45 a.m.

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