Judge charges man who ‘confessed’ to killing 2 women

ASP releases names of victims

Sheriff: Suspect ‘confessed’ to 2 weekend murders

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, Ark. (KAIT) - A judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge a man with capital murder after sheriff’s investigators say he confessed to killing two people.

Charles Paul Stovall, 24, of Cherokee Village appeared Oct. 21 before Third Judicial Circuit Judge Harold Erwin in the Sharp County Courthouse.

Erwin found probable cause existed to charge Stovall with two counts of capital murder, two counts of abuse of a corpse, battery in the first degree, aggravated residential burglary, two counts of breaking or entering, and theft of property, according to our content partner Areawide Media.

Stovall remains in the Sharp County Jail without bond awaiting his arraignment.

Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said during the weekend of Oct. 17-18, Stovall killed 23-year-old Hayleigh Gruger at her home on Warpath Drive and 72-year-old Linda Janny at her home on Lakeshore Drive. Their bodies have been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsy.

He’s also suspected in the stabbing of Debra Compton on FM Road in Highland.

During an interview with Counts and Chief Deputy Aaron Presser on Monday, Stovall reportedly “confessed to the homicides and to injuring the third victim.”

Stovall, according to court documents, is on active parole in Pulaski County as of early August. Counts said he did not know how Stovall got to Cherokee Village.

“All of them have a family and I know they’re suffering right now and my heart goes out to them," Counts said. "It’s nice to know he’s in jail and that he won’t be out hurting anybody else.”

Counts said the investigation was ongoing, and more information would be released at a later date.

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