Newport Funeral Home Operator Arrested for Solicitation to Commit Capital Murder

NEWPORT, AR -  The owner and operator of a Newport funeral home has been arrested in Woodruff County on two counts of solicitation to commit capital murder.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said Lawrence Tollerson, proprietor of Tollerson and Sons Funeral Home, was arrested following a State Police investigation.  Lucas said the alleged intended victims were Newport Mayor David Stewart and Police Chief Michael Scudder.

No other details are available at this time, but K8 News has a crew in Jackson County and will have more information tonight on K8 News at Six, and on Nightbeat.