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One arrested after 74-year-old man found dead in Searcy

Police say 32-year-old Christopher Coy Gamble has been arrested for the death of Van Stevens.

SEARCY, Ark. — On Monday, August 17, at 8:57 p.m., officers with the Searcy Police Department responded to South Oak Street to check the welfare of a 74-year-old man.

After entry was made into the residence, Van Stevens was found dead. Police say Stevens had suffered several puncture wounds to his body.

Throughout the investigation, 32-year-old Christopher Coy Gamble was identified as a suspect. 

Gamble is currently being held at the White County Law Enforcement Center and was originally charged with 1st degree murder and residential burglary.

On August 19, Gamble's charges were upgraded to capital murder, aggravated residential burglary, and breaking or entering.

If anyone has any information pertaining to this case, please contact the Searcy Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 501-279-1038. 

This article has been edited to reflect an upgrade on arrest charges.