Newport man faces capital murder charges in death of wife, unborn child

A man is accused of killing his pregnant wife in Newport, Ark. .

NEWPORT, Ark. (KTHV) – A Newport man has been charged with two counts of capital murder.

Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, announced the charges against Rickey Don Crawford, Jr., 40, of Newport on Thursday. 

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on November 11, 2017, when Crawford’s wife, Amanda, was found dead in her home. Crawford’s unborn child also died.

Boyce said, “This is the first homicide involving a pregnant victim I have seen. The facts of this case are definitely heinous.”

Crawford is scheduled to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Friday, January 19, at 9 a.m. before Third Judicial District Circuit Judge Harold Erwin.


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