Man accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering woman requests jury trial

Man accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering woman requests jury trial
Quake Lewellyn (Source: Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas)

NEWPORT, Ark. (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man accused of capital murder, kidnapping, and rape of a Jackson County woman earlier this year appeared in court Thursday.

Quake Lewellyn’s attorney appeared in court, waived the arraignment, and requested a jury trial.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Lewellyn, 28, of Jonesboro on suspicion of murder in the death of Sydney Sutherland.

Several search warrants were issued on Oct. 28 in the case, seeking shoes from Quake Lewellyn’s home, and video from the home showing a dent on the hood of his truck that his then-wife and Mom said weren’t there that morning.

Documents also show that Sutherland’s blood was found on Lewellyn’s truck tailgate, where he said he raped her.

Also according to a search warrant, Lewellyn’s Life360 App pinged at the same location as Sutherland’s cell phone ping at the scene of the crime.

In August, an Arkansas State Police investigator said in court that Quake Lewellyn admitted to abducting and sexually assaulting Sutherland before killing her.

The agent said on the stand that Lewellyn “admitted to seeing Sutherland walking on CR 41.”

Lewellyn reportedly then abducted her, took her to farmland, and sexually assaulted her, then buried her body.

Officials said in August that the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s office ruled that the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries, with the manner of death being homicide.

Lewellyn is being held without bond at the Randolph County jail.

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