Police say husband admitted to planning wife's murder

Police say husband admitted to planning wife's murder
Stacey Keplinger (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Stacey Keplinger (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Tracy Stone (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Tracy Stone (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Darrell Swan (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Darrell Swan (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Charles Quintana (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Charles Quintana (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The husband of a murder victim admitted to police that he planned the killing of his wife days before the Christmas holiday, according to documents filed in court Wednesday.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Charles Quintana, 58, of Paragould faces charges of capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and 1st degree battery in connection to the death of Stacy Quintana.

Quintana admitted to the plot in an interview with an Arkansas State Police detective Tuesday, according to the affidavit. Sheriff Carter said Charles Quintana and his wife had been separated for 2 years and was upset about their relationship.

"I asked him, Charles, why did you do this? He said if I couldn't have her, no one else could," Sheriff Carter said.

Carter said Charles Quintana supplied a 9mm handgun for the murder. Carter said the carjacking and robbery motive didn't add up because the car was not stolen and no money was missing.

Police also charged two other people, Tracy Stone, 45, and Darrell Swan, 53, both of Paragould. Police charged Swan with capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and 1st degree battery. Detectives charged Stone with hindering apprehension or prosecution after she told police she knew about the plot to rob the victim and was present at the time of the murder.

The arrests come after the arrest of Stacy Keplinger, 36, of Paragould on Dec. 23, the morning of the murder.

According to court documents, Keplinger admitted to police that she shot and killed Stacy Quintana after robbing her at the Lorado Grocery Store. Keplinger is also accused of stabbing another man, Aaron Jenkins, with a paring knife.

Jenkins called 911 to give a description of Keplinger, who was taken into custody on Highway 168 by a constable shortly after the crime. Sheriff Carter said Keplinger attempted to shoot Jenkins but the gun jammed.

During the interview with detectives, Keplinger said Swan knew about the plot to rob Quintana. Police believe Swan drove Keplinger to the grocery store and was going to pick her up after the robbery.

During questioning of Swan, he said he began to "panic" when he saw police cars at the scene and "drove off to get rid of a red gym bag that belonged to the female suspect."

According to court documents, Swan also said he and two other suspects "conspired in these crimes for approximately four days prior to the incident."

All four suspects are due back in court Jan. 26, 2015.

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