$1 million bond set for Blytheville murder suspect

$1 million bond set for Blytheville murder suspect

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - March 21 UPDATE: A Blytheville man is being held in lieu of $1 million cash-only bond after a judge found probable cause to charge him with first-degree murder.

Jamal Akram, 52, appeared in Osceola District Court Monday to answer charges that he killed 57-year-old Linda Hatcher.

According to court documents, Blytheville police found her lifeless body March 18 in a home in the 500-block of South Franklin.

Akram told police he thought someone broke into the home.

According to the affidavit filed in court, officers "observed a large amount of blood in each room of the house."

Detectives also reported finding a "large amount of bloody water in the bathtub."

According to court documents, it appeared that the offender "tried to clean up the blood in the kitchen and the victim."

When questioned by investigators, Akram said he did not remember anything from that night and that he was "taking medication for loss of memory and bipolar disorder."

He reportedly said he "remembered lifting Hatcher out of the bathtub;" however, he could not remember anything else.

A granddaughter of Hatcher said she and her family wants justice for their grandmother.

"I just pray, that he never see the day of light again," the granddaughter said. "I pray that no one else in Blytheville, Arkansas has to go through this again."

After reviewing the affidavit, Judge Donald Betterton found probable cause to charge Akram with first-degree murder and set his bond at $1 million cash-only.

Akram is scheduled to appear in Blytheville circuit court April 29.

Blytheville police arrested a man in connection to a woman's death Friday night.

According to Captain Scott Adams with the Blytheville Police Department, officers were called to a home on the 500-block of South Franklin Street after receiving a call of an unresponsive woman.

Adams said officers found 52-year-old Jamal Akram at the home.

Akram led officers to the body of 57-year-old Linda Hatcher.

According to Adams, Hatcher's body had "obvious signs of domestic assault."

Police later arrested Akram.

Hatcher's body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock to determine the official cause of death.

Officer Adams told Region 8 News Sunday that Akram will be arraigned on first degree murder Monday, March 21 at the Osceola Courthouse .

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