LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- One of the four suspects arrested in the 2012 murder of a Cabot man was found guilty.
Joyce Renee Rolff was found guilty Wednesday of first degree murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse in the murder of 46-year-old James Heath.
Heath's body was found on Centennial Road in northern Pulaski County in October 2012. Heath's family reported him missing Sept. 20. Rolff lived at the home where Heath's body was found.
Along with Rolff, three other people were arrested in this case. Arnold Taylor was the first arrested. A PCSO report states Taylor admitted to being present at the home when Heath was murdered. Taylor said he helped several other people wrap the body in sheets and place the body in a shallow grave in the backyard.
William Null and John Posey were arrested as well.
A police report explains the individuals' roles in the case. According to the report, Posey said Rolff beat Heath to death with a baseball bat and a cane. Posey then helped carry the body to a pre-dug shallow grave and helped dispose of evidence in the case by placing it in a burn pile. Taylor and Null also admitted to helping bury the body.
Posey, Taylor, and Null are each arrested and charged with first degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse.
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