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Searcy woman, Beebe man die in murder-suicide

SEARCY, Ark. - Two people have died in a weekend murder-suicide.

The Searcy Police Department (SPD) released details Monday about the Saturday morning incident.

The SPD says around 10 a.m. on March 9, officers were called to the Country Meadows Apartments at 909 Holmes Rd. for a report of shots fired. 

When officers arrived, they were flagged down and directed to the area in front of Apartment “L”, said a SPD news release. 

That's where they found Jacquelyn Hester, 59, of Searcy and Chris Banks, 47 of Beebe. Police say Hester still had a pulse and was taken to Unity Health by ambulance where she was later pronounced dead. Banks was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The SPD says a witness told them the man shot the woman multiple times before taking his own life.


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