INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Four people are in the custody of the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office after a body was found in Independence County on Monday, Aug. 19.
Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said Thursday the body was identified and had been ruled as a suspicious death.
Stephens said his deputies were called Monday to a home in the southern part of the county regarding a deceased body.
“The body was found outdoors,” Stephens stated in a news release.
The body has been identified as a 49-year-old James Bushart of Lonoke County, authorities there said late Thursday. Bushart’s body was also sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy and identification.
Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office investigators said in a media release Thursday that they were notified Aug. 21 by Independence County authorities about the death investigation and that the death was believed to have happened in Lonoke County.
“Lonoke County Detectives immediately started investigating the incident. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the incident occurred at a residence in the 3800 block of Mt. Tabor Road just south of the city of Cabot,” Lonoke County authorities said. “The body of the victim was then carried by the suspects to Independence County where it was placed in a dumpster.”
Christy Lea Dennis, 41, Robert Garner, 64, , Robert Lloyd Clark, 44 and Timmy Joe Hubmann, 41, all of Lonoke County, were arrested and charged with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence.
All four suspects were being held in the Lonoke County jail with no bond and are awaiting their first appearance in court, officials said.
Region 8 News will continue to follow this story and pass along any new updates.
Editor’s Note: The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office originally had Timmy Joe Hubman’s name as Timmy Toe Hubman.