Between August 10 and August 11 of 2017, David Houston-Harvey, who was 23 at the time, and Laramie Cline, 23, were traveling in Weld County, Colorado where they allegedly spent a few days.
In an interview with Arkansas State Police, Houston-Harvey, who is a Jacksonville native, told investigators that he wanted to return to Arkansas and/or Alabama and Cline wanted to stay in Colorado.
According to reports, Houston-Harvey told investigators that Cline was afraid he would "steal her car and leave her in Colorado without any belongings."
During the drive from Wyoming to Denver, Houston-Harvey claimed that Cline pointed her gun at him to try to rob him. He told police he reacted by grabbing the firearm causing it to discharge and kill her, accidentally, in the process.
However, Houston-Harvey later told his girlfriend, Samantha Petey, that he shot Cline while she was sleeping.
According to reports, the defendant told investigators that when he couldn't feel a pulse he panicked. He pulled over, put Cline's body in his suitcase and put it in the trunk of Cline's vehicle.
He then drove Cline's vehicle back to Arkansas where he disposed of the victim's body, mobile home, and firearm. He continued to use the vehicle until police contacted him on August 20.
An autopsy was conducted on Cline with the cause of death determined to be a single gunshot wound to the head and labeled a homicide.
Houston-Harvey is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for abusing a corpse and dumping the victim’s body.
A court date has not yet been set for his case in Weld County, where he is charged with robbery, theft of Cline's vehicle, Murder in the First Degree, and Murder in the Second Degree.