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Man Pleads Guilty to Slayings of Two Paragould Residents

PARAGOULD, AR - A man charged with two counts of capital murder for the slayings of two Paragould residents over a $10 ring has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Bill James "Harley" Smith, 33, was accused in an attack last July 9 in which 35-year-old James Livesay and Livesay's mother, 60-year-old Edith Fancher, were killed.  Livesay's girlfriend, 31-year-old Thelma Rowe, suffered a non-life threatening wound.

Smith pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder in Rowe's shooting.  Police say Rowe was able to identify Smith as the person who shot her and killed Fancher and Livesay.

Investigators said an argument over a ring valued at about $10 led Smith to shoot James Livesay and Fancher.  Rowe sustained a wound to one of her hands.

Rowe didn't want to comment after yesterday's proceding.

Cory Reeves, who is Fancher's son and Livesay's brother, says the plea gave him some closure.

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