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Clay County -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Arrest Made in Rector Shootings

May 14, 2004 -- Posted at 4:08 p.m. CDT

CLAY COUNTY -- A Marmaduke man has been charged in the Wednesday night shooting death of a Rector man. You learned Thursday on K-8 news of a grisly crime that sent shockwaves through the town of Rector. Today, a break in the case leads to an arrest.

"I think that people who does crimes ought to think real hard because we're going to catch them, we're going to do our best to catch 'em anyway," said Rector Police Chief Tommy Baker.

And Rector police believe that's exactly what they've done.

"We arrested a 38 year-old male by the name of John Patrick Dickinson of Marmaduke," said Baker.

He's charged with one count of capital murder and one count of attempted capital murder in the Wednesday night shootings of Jewel Cavaness and Brad Hester.

The next steps in this case will happen at the Clay County Courthouse. Dickinson arrived in Piggott this afternoon, proclaiming his innocence.

"I'm absolutely not guilty. That's all I have to say," said Dickinson as he was being led into the courthouse.

Probable cause was found in his case and Dickinson is now being held at the Clay County Jail with out bond.

"All crimes are tough to solve, but luckily we did this in a couple of days. We're lucky and we're happy we've got it solved," said Baker.

Dickinson will go before a judge for his first appearance August 2nd. Cavaness' body has been sent to the State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy.

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