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Gosnell community reacts to second arrest in murder case

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GOSNELL, AR (KAIT)-  According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, a second arrest has been made in the case of 11-year-old Jessica Williams of Gosnell.

The Gosnell community is devastated and hopes the police can finally solve this case and give the family a little closure.

Police have already made one arrest in this case. Christopher Sowell was released on bond last week. He was charged with the girl's murder.

Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police arrested Freddie Sharp,29, of Gosnell Monday for rape of Jessica Williams.

"I have friends who lived right next door to the little girl," Gosnell resident, Sheila Blocker said.

She said she was heartbroken when she heard what happened to Williams.

"It's something that you would never think would happen, not in a little community like ours," Blocker said.

Laura Platt is Jessica's cousin and said she can't believe Sowell recently bonded out of jail and another arrest has been made.

"It's like wow but on the same hand you know for his bond to be lowered as much as it was and then he get out, there has got to be more to the story," Platt said.

She said she believes Sowell started talking about what really happened.

"I think he's talking now,whatever happened but now he's telling everything," Platt said. "It just scares me though because I have children of my own and just to know that a child murdered is roaming the roads, it kind of makes you worry when you have children."

And now, people say they just hope police can find the right person responsible.

"I find it to be absolutely ridiculous, this is about a child life who has been lost in the community," said Gosnell resident, Davida Gutierrez. "To allow someone who has committed murder or possibly allegedly committed murder out on bond is putting the community at risk with regards to him being out."

Freddie Sharp will make a first appearance in Blytheville District CourtWednesday morning.

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