Second Suspect Also Arrested for 1986 Sharp County Slayings - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Ash Flat, AR

Second Suspect Also Arrested for 1986 Sharp County Slayings

MAY 4, 2006 - Posted at 12:10 p.m. CST

 

ASH FLAT, AR - Two men have been arrested in a double homicide that happened nearly two decades ago in Sharp County.

Steven Victor Wertz, 56, of Kissimmee, Florida, was arrested Monday night in Florida on two capital murder charges, according to Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver, who held a news conference this morning at the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat.  As K8 News reported yesterday, 39-year-old James Snyder, Jr. of Georgetown, Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday night in central Kentucky.  He is charged with two counts of being an accomplice to capital murder.

The pair are charged in connection with the New Year's Eve, 1986 deaths of Terry and Katherine Watts of Ash Flat.  The couple was found slain in their home.  Their infant son, Joshua, was found unharmed near his father's body. 

Sheriff Weaver says both suspects are expected to be extradited to Arkansas.

K8 News will have a report on the latest details in this case tonight at six.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Sheriff's office a step closer to having mental health facility

    Sheriff's office a step closer to having mental health facility

    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:32 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:32:44 GMT
    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:52:46 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    After years of trying to get a crisis stabilization unit in Craighead County, the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office is one step closer to making that a reality.

    After years of trying to get a crisis stabilization unit in Craighead County, the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office is one step closer to making that a reality.

  • Councilmember receives award

    Councilmember receives award

    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:09 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:09:46 GMT
    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:19:19 GMT
    (Source: Bill Campbell)(Source: Bill Campbell)

    A Jonesboro city council member received an award at the Arkansas Municipal League’s 83rd convention.

    A Jonesboro city council member received an award at the Arkansas Municipal League’s 83rd convention.

  • Detectives testify in Tonisha Mitchell murder trial

    Detectives testify in Tonisha Mitchell murder trial

    Thursday, June 22 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-06-23 01:14:11 GMT
    Thursday, June 22 2017 9:57 PM EDT2017-06-23 01:57:59 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The murder trial for Tonisha Mitchell continued Thursday.

    The murder trial for Tonisha Mitchell continued Thursday.

Powered by Frankly