Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pulaski County sheriff's deputies are reporting that they have located the body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49.

As of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Arron Lewis is officially charged with capital murder of Carter. He was initially booked on a kidnapping charge and a parole hold for the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Lewis is also charged with robbery and four charges of possession of firearms by certain persons.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the sheriff's office to share more information. THV11 will be there.

After over 12 hours of interviewing by investigators, Lewis was transported and booked into the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility (PCRDF). Shortly after he was booked, investigators obtained information that led them to the 12100 block of Hwy 5 (Cabot city address in Pulaski County), which is the location of Argos Concrete Co., about 20 miles from where she reportedly disappeared.

Investigators located Carter's body in a shallow grave on the property. Her family was then notified.

Lewis was originally booked on kidnapping charges around 12:40 Tuesday morning for kidnapping and a parole violation on $1 million bond. In court Tuesday morning, Lewis pleaded not guilty to all charges and he is now being held with no bond.

During his walk from the sheriff's office to the jail, Lewis made several statements including apologizing to Carter's family, and claiming of a co-defendant "Trevor", but authorities say that statement is unfounded and he is the only person charged in this case.

Search crews from all over the state were in Scott on Monday. "That was the location where she was last known to be so that was where we hedged our bet on searching," he added. "What we're trying to piece together is what is that connection; why did he pick Mrs. Carter? We don't know."

THV11 has learned that Lewis is a former employee of Argos Concrete. The general manager said he worked for the company about 30-40 days before quitting about four weeks ago.

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