David Craig Smith arrested for Lisa Kay Smith's murder in Salesville

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    • David Craig Smith charged with murder in Baxter County. (Photo: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
    • Lisa Kay Smith was found dead inside her home in Baxter County. (Photo: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
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    SALESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Baxter County authorities have arrested a Salesville man on suspicion of capital murder in the beating death of his live-in girlfriend on New Year's Eve.

    Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says 45-year-old Lisa Kay Smith was found dead at about 10:30 p.m. Monday. Montgomery says investigators believe Lisa Smith died from head and neck trauma after she was beaten with a claw hammer and knife.

    Authorities arrested her boyfriend, David Craig Smith, in her death. Montgomery says David Smith and Lisa Smith were not related, though they shared the same last name.

    David Smith is being held without bond at the Baxter County jail on a charge of capital felony murder with aggravating, cruel and unusual circumstances. Authorities did not know if he had an attorney.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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