WHITE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Two men accused of kidnapping and beating a 91-year-old man now face capital murder charges after the victim died.
The White County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that Edward Franklin Vaughan of Judsonia died of the injuries he sustained in the attack earlier this month.
Vaughan's body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.
Meanwhile, the two men accused of the crime--Tommy Trosper, 25, of Searcy and James "Jake" Miller, 21, of Griffithville--are being held without bond at the White County Detention Center charged with kidnapping and capital murder.
Trosper and Miller are due in circuit court on June 6.
Police believe Vaughan had tried to sell a car to the two suspects. Investigators say the two beat and left the elderly man for dead.
Trosper and Miller were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and second-degree battery, the White County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday in a Facebook post.
White County deputies went to a home in the 100-block of Ranes Road around 8 a.m. Monday, April 10, after getting a call about the assault.
Vaughan, who was taken to Unity Health-White County Medical Center in Searcy before being sent to a hospital in Little Rock, had met with two men about the car. He went with Trosper and Miller to another place, where the suspects tied his hands and beat him, authorities said.
However, Vaughan was taken back to his house where someone called 911 for him, police said.
Trosper was arrested by Searcy police on Tuesday, April 11, on unrelated warrants. When he spoke with detectives with the White County Sheriff's office, he confirmed his involvement in the assault. He was charged with kidnapping and second-degree battery charges and was given a $250,000 bond.
On Wednesday, April 12, police conducted a search in the 100-block of Denney Street in Judsonia where sheriff's detectives spoke to Miller. He also said he was involved in the assault. He was arrested on kidnapping and second-degree battery charges and given a $150,000 bond.
"We have developed that the item involved was a ploy to just get face to face with this individual," White County Sheriff's Office Major Clayton Edwards said.
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