Neighbors react to man plotting his estranged wife's death

Neighbors react to man plotting his estranged wife's death
Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department
Charles Quintana (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)
Charles Quintana (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Just days before Christmas, Stacy Quintana of Paragould was shot and killed outside of the Lorado Grocery Store. Quintana had worked there for years.

Hours after her murder, Stacy Keplinger was arrested and charged with multiple felonies including capital murder.

According to the Greene County Sheriff's Department, Keplinger shot Quintana and attempted to slash the throat of a man at the store.

The man survived and called police.

The initial motive was thought to be kidnapping and robbery.

Less than a week later, a chilling turn of events took place.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department placed three more people in jail for their roles in Quintana's death. Her estranged husband is one of those behind bars.

Wednesday afternoon, sheriff's deputies searched Charles Quintana's home for more evidence linking him to his estranged wife's murder.

His neighbor, who didn't wish to be identified, told Region 8 News that this past week has been an emotional roller coaster ride.

"They had kids and grandkids and I just hate to know that them babies had to do without their mother and grandmother right here at Christmastime," she said. "It's hard."

She said she and her husband have lived next to Quintana for almost a year.

They felt so sorry for Charles Quintana, they tried to make his Christmas a little merrier.

"My husband said he just found it to be tragic that he had to spend Christmas by himself," she said. "So my husband made him a plate, a Christmas plate, which is still in our refrigerator."

She said news of Charles Quintana's arrest shocked her.

"It was a lot to take in. It is. You just never know who you live next door to, you know?" she said.

She said she saw Stacy Quintana a few times since they moved in. Though she didn't speak much to Stacy, she said Charles told her and her husband that they had an on-again, off-again relationship.

"He started saying they were having problems again, they were gonna try and work it out, then they wasn't," she said.

The last time they talked was just hours after his estranged wife was murdered.

"He just come and asked me if I had heard about it, heard about the shooting at the Lorado store," she said. "I told him 'no' and he said it was 'it was my wife' and he said 'they shot her in the head.'"

She said Quintana acted shocked when he told them the news.

"He just asked my husband he said 'what am I gonna do without her? How am I going to live without her?'"

Charles Quintana is being held in the Greene County Jail without bond.

He's set to appear in court again on January 26.

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