Man accused of killing Yell Co. deputy, 2 others pleads not guilty

YELL COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – The man accused of shooting and killing a Yell County deputy and two others pleaded not guilty in the Dardanelle District Court Monday morning.

A judge issued no bond for 42-year-old James Bowden who is charged with three counts of capital murder.

Police say Bowden shot 46-year-old Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart, 61-year-old Rita Miller and 17-year-old Ciera Miller, then he took a woman hostage in a five-hour standoff with police.

The judge issued a gag order in the case, but did unseal the affidavit which details what happened the morning of May 11. It stated that Mainhart was responding to a domestic disturbance call in Dardanelle just before 7 a.m. when he saw Bowden’s vehicle. He conducted a traffic stop around 7:18 a.m. near Slow Fork Road and Highway 27 where a witness say Mainhart was shot.

Bowden’s pretrial is set for July 13. 


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