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Salesville man charged with murder in New Year’s Eve death

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David Craig Smith (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office) David Craig Smith (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
139 Broadview Circle (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office) 139 Broadview Circle (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)

SALESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Baxter County authorities have arrested a man who is now facing a capital murder charge.

According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, David Craig Smith has been charged with capital felony murder with aggravating, cruel and unusual circumstances in the death of Lisa Kay Smith.  The two are not related, but they were believed to be boyfriend and girlfriend.

The sheriff says officers responded to 139 Broadview Circle around 10:30p on New Year's Eve.  When deputies arrived they say they found 45-year-old Lisa Kay Smith on the floor, unconscious but breathing.

Officers say Smith was covered in blood and bleeding from her head and neck.  First responders transported her to two hospitals before she was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning.

Her body has been sent to the state crime lab for autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

However based on evidence recovered at the scene, investigators believe Lisa Smith's wounds to the head and neck were caused by a claw hammer and knife.

David Smith was found by officers hiding in the yard of a neighbor's home.  He is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center without bond.   

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