More details released in Monette man’s death

Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 12:53 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 5:50 PM CST
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MONETTE. (KAIT) - A 32-year-old Osceola man was arrested in connection with a Monette man’s death after his body was found on the side of a highway.

Keith Alan Henderson was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 6, suspected in the murder of Chad Decker.

Craighead County Chief Deputy Justin Rolland said Decker’s body was found near County Road 510 and Highway 18 the same morning.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Decker had met with Henderson at Jordan’s Kwik Stop in Monette just after midnight. Two exchanged words and then left on Highway 18, heading toward County Road 510.

The affidavit revealed that a third party knew the two were supposed to meet up for a conversation, and that same person was on the phone with Henderson when a fight started between Henderson and Decker.

The document showed that after the fight, Henderson texted the third party and asked if anyone had found Decker if they thought he was still alive and if they thought Decker was the charge-pressing type.

The incident has left many in the community on edge.

Lance Long said he moved to Monette from Memphis to get away from crime.

“I was surprised because I moved from a big city to here and usually it’s really quiet,” Long said. “Nothing really goes on, especially like that and it really shocked me.”

Long said he has no plans to move after what happened and just hopes that it is an isolated incident.

A judge found probable cause to charge Henderson with second-degree murder and was given a $500,000 bond.

Online records show Henderson was released on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 3:26 p.m.

Region 8 News will continue to follow this story for more details.