Appeals Court Affirms Craighead Murder, Kidnapping Convictions

MAY 19, 2004 - Posted at 12:35 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Court of Appeals has affirmed the kidnapping and first-degree murder convictions of a man charged in the death of a Jonesboro man whose body was eventually found in the Cache River.  Police said the plan for the crime was designed to teach the victim a lesson.

The appeals court today rejected arguments by William Joseph Lenox, who claimed there was not enough evidence to prove he restrained accomplice Jeremie Bryant.  Lenox wanted his murder conviction overturned on grounds it was based on uncorroborated accomplice testimony.

Lenox was 19 when he was charged with kidnapping and capital murder in the 2002 death of Aaron Culver.  A Craighead County jury convicted him of the lesser murder charge and he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The appeals court today turned away all of Lenox's arguments.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)