PARAGOULD - A Paragould is behind bars, accused of dragging his unconscious brother onto the train tracks and into the path of an oncoming Union Pacific freight train. It happened Friday night, May 11, near the Lake Street crossing. Dewayne Nelson, 57, of Paragould was killed in the incident. Police arrested his brother, Barry Gene Nelson, 46, also of Paragould.
Police say Dewayne Nelson was severely beaten and unconscious when he was rolled onto the tracks. Police were received a call just before midnight on Friday night. When they arrived on the scene, they say they found the victim's brother, Barry Nelson standing outside his sister's home -- also near the tracks -- yelling and threatening her. Police arrested Barry Nelson at his sister's residence. Police say Barry Nelson was intoxicated when the alledged murder occurred. As the investigation continued, police found a large footprint across the victim's chest that matched the boots Barry Nelson was wearing. Eyewitness accounts from the train's crew matched Barry Nelson's description at the time of his arrest. Meanwhile, Barry Nelson says he is not guilty of killing his brother, although, he admits to being nearby when the incident occurred.