Trial Set for Paragould Man Accused in Double Slaying

OCTOBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 4:12 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR - A January 8 trial date has been set for a man charged with capital murder in the slayings of two Paragould residents.

Billy J. "Harley" Smith, 33, is accused in a July 9 attack in which James Livesay and Livesay's mother, Edith Fancher, were killed.  A third victim, 31-year-old Thelma Rowe, sustained wounds that were not life threatening.

Smith also is charged with one account of attempted capital murder, residential burglary and theft of property.

A probable cause affidavit says Rowe identified Smith as the person who attacked her and as the person who killed 60-year-old Fancher and 35-year-old Livesay.  Police say that after his arrest, Smith told investigators that he had a gun with him when he went to see Livesay about a ring.  Investigators say Smith told them he shot Livesay, Fancher and Rowe in a dispute about the ring.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)