New information released to Region 8 News in Michelle Despain case

New information released to Region 8 News in Michelle Despain case

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Information released Friday sheds new light on the murder case of Marc Despain. Despain was shot and killed in August, 2011. This week, a fourth person was sentenced for the crime.

Region 8 News filed a Freedom of Information Request for the evidence gathered by the Jonesboro Police Department related to the Despain killing. According to police, Michelle Despain texted her father, Carl Kelley, on the day of her husband's murder.

Wednesday, Michelle was sentenced 30 years in state prison after she plead guilty to hindering apprehension or prosecution of capital murder. Michelle is eligible for parole after five years.

According to Jonesboro police, investigators were able to "recover a portion of the deleted text messages between Carl Kelley and Michelle Despain from Carl Kelley's cell phone." Police said the messages were sent and deleted on the day of the murder. The forensic investigation was performed nearly a year after the crime.

According to documents obtained by Region 8 News, Michelle texted her father on the morning of the murder, "HAS to be today can't live like this awful this mrng."

Kelley then replied, "Ok. Can you get him to lunch?"

Michelle said , "Yes."

Kelly replied, "K ill let u no time."

Police questioned multiple witnesses after the crime and discussed the couple's business, personal life and financial status.

In the documents, detectives also reported Michelle Despain told her son she didn't have anything to do with the murder as she was being taken into custody. Also, Detective Vic Brooks reported that Michelle never asked about the case. Brooks noted Michelle "even laughed" during his first interview with Michelle.

Also during the interview with Carl Kelley, Kelley told Brooks his fingerprints would be all over the gun because Marc didn't' know how to clean it.

Terrance Barker, who plead guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison, told police that Kelley gave Michelle a "play by play" of the murder.

Johnny Hubbard was the first to plead guilty in connection to the murder of Marc Despain. He plead guilty to hindering apprehension or prosecution in June, 2012. He was sentenced to 18 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

In January, 2013, Kelley was ordered to spend 35 years in state prison on his conviction of first degree murder.

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