LONOKE, Ark. (KTHV) -- A town of less than 5,000 people where everyone knows everyone and the simple life is a way of life. But 15 years ago, this town became the setting for an inconceivable crime, one that residents would soon learn was just the beginning. For some, life became everything it shouldn't be.
It is here at a maximum security prison in Tucker where Heath Stocks is serving a life sentence without parole for capital murder.
"Do you remember anything about that night?
"Enough for it to be a nightmare to live with," says Heath Stocks. "My sister came home first. I asked her to leave. I asked her to get away and she refused and I left the room. I went into the living room and I can still hear her scream. I can still hear her scream 'Bubba' before she got shot. I think a lot of people know how much I loved my sister."
"He shows little emotion as he faces arraignment. He's accused of killing his parents, Joe and Barbara and his sister Heather."
"People described you as emotionless, they described you as having absolute no reaction to what was going on. Why was that? Do you think that that was true?
"I think I was numb with disbelief," says Stocks."They said why, they said why, and the child in me can look back and say, 'Do you remember when I told you I wanted to get out of scouts? That's why."
Heath Stocks joined the Lonoke Boy Scouts as a child and stayed in the program throughout his youth. His Scout Master, Jack Walls, the son of a prominent attorney and once voted 'Man of the Year' became his closest confidont.
"For us that had hard relationships or very strained relationships with our fathers, Jack was able to fill that void. The abuse seemed like a small price to pay," says Stocks.
Stocks says from the age of ten, Walls molested and raped him on a regular basis and he wasn't the only one.
"When I was first abused, I remember after the abuse occurred being approached by boys saying 'Welcome to the group," says Stocks.
For 10 years, Stocks remained at Walls side, keeping the same secret as so many other boy scouts. But just days before their murder, Stocks told his mother Barbara and sister Heather about the abuse.
"There was no reason for my family to die other than the fact that they knew a secret and Jack didn't want it told," says Stocks who claims Walls instructed him to kill his family on the night of January 17th.
"Do you remember him being there?"
"The stage had been set for my family to die before I ever got there," says Stocks.
While Stocks remained silent in prison, others came forward detailing the abuse they suffered at the hands of Jack Walls. In November of 1997, Walls pled guilty to five counts of rape and no contest to the rape of Heath Stocks.
"My grandfather, he's in his eighties now and he had a couple of strokes so he can't remember what happened. So every time they come see and mom comes up or dad comes up or my sister comes up, I have to look at him and him say, 'They're not alive anymore are they?' It's been a punishment and some people would say I deserve it every day but you can't change it. That's rough. I miss them. I miss them," says Stocks.
Heath Stocks chance for an appeal ran out before the truth about Jack Walls came to light. Betty Dickey, the prosecuting attorney in the Walls case, wrote a letter advocating clemency or other legal action for Stocks. She said while investigating Jack Walls, she found critical evidence concerning his involvement in the Stocks murders. Evidence she says should have been brought out in the 1997 murder case but wasn't.