One Man Dead, Another Wounded in Rector Shooting

May 13, 2004 -- Posted at 3:48 p.m. CDT

RECTOR -- A homicide in Rector late Wednesday night sent shock waves through the small community Thursday.  F riends and neighbors were left reeling when they learned of a shooting that left a 31 year-old Rector man dead and another in the hospital.

"It's big news, things like that don't happen in Rector very often, so it's sad," said neighbor Demetria Shultz, who spoke while looking at crime tape across the street from her house.

At 11:17 Wednesday night, a 911 call was made to the Rector Police Department reporting shots fired. When police arrived at 8th Street residence, what they found was a grisly scene.

"One subject was dead at the scene, the other subject was rushed to a helicopter where he was transferred to St. Bernard Hospital," said Police Chief Tommy Baker.

The two victims were identified as Jewell Cavaness, 31, and Brad Hester, 29, both residents of the home. According to police, the men had been gunned down in their living room while they were watching television.

"At this time we have no motive at all. Like I say, we're following some leads, checking into everything we can check into. At this time we have nobody in custody," said Baker.
Neighbors say they've never had trouble like this before in this neighborhood and those who knew Cavaness say his death comes as a shock.
"I'm heartbroken about it. I really am. It's a tragedy; we've never had anything like this in our neighborhood, I feel real bad," said Schultz.

Cavaness's body has been transported to Little Rock for an autopsy at the State Crime Lab. Those working this case say it hits close to home....Cavaness's brother is a police officer in Rector.

"We're asking for any assistance the public might have. These gentlemen were well known and well liked in this community. Someone out there probably knows something that would be of great assistance to us right now," said D
etective Glenn Leach.
Police are still following leads, but if you have any information about the incident, please call the Rector Police Department at (870) 595-2423.