Suspected Arkansas rest stop killer claims fear

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - A state police investigator reports that a Mulberry woman arrested in the shooting death of an Arkansas Highway Department employee at an Interstate 40 rest stop in Van Buren said she was afraid - and that she doesn't remember the shooting.

A report by Lt. Steven Coppinger obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) says 58-year-old Patricia Hajek-McClure said she thought the worker was "after her." The report says Hajek-McClure said if she has to explain the shooting it would be because of fear.

Hajek-McClure is being held in the Tuesday morning shooting death of 54-year-old Sharren Richards at the rest stop about three miles east of the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line. Prosecuting attorney Marc McCune told the newspaper that he plans to charge Hajek-McClure on Monday.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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