Update (March 4):
LITTLE ROCK, AR – A pre-trial hearing date in Pulaski County Circuit Court has been set for June 1 for accused killer Arron Lewis.
Lewis, 34, of Jacksonville faces charges of capital murder and kidnapping in the September death of local realtor Beverly Carter, 50.
In court this morning, Judge Herbert Wright allowed Lewis to fire his public defender Jim Hensley and act as his own attorney in the case.
Reporter Shannon Miller says in making the request, Lewis cited a lawsuit he won against Benton County as legal experience.
Also in court this morning was Lewis’ estranged wife, Crystal Lowery, 41. She is also facing charges of capital murder and kidnapping in the death of Carter.
The realtor disappeared after telling family she was heading to an appointment to show a home in Scott.
Original story (Feb. 26):
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arron Lewis, the Jacksonville man charged in the kidnapping and murder of a local realtor back in September, has been declared fit to stand trial following a mental evaluation.
The paperwork detailing Lewis’ evaluation was filed today in Pulaski County Circuit Court. (See the evaluation documents attached above or click here to read).
The 16-page evaluation states, in part, “In light of the facts available to me, Mr. Lewis currently possesses an adequate rational and factual understanding of the proceedings against him, and his ability to rationally assist in his own defense is intact.”
The paperwork states that the clinical interview for the evaluation of Lewis took place on Jan. 20.
It states further that “During the assessment, Mr. Lewis spoke a great deal about intentions to exonerate his co-defendant, and he claimed to have proof of her innocence.
Also this morning, Lewis’ estranged wife Crystal Lowery was in court for a hearing in the case on the mental evaluation. Lewis was not in court.
Carter disappeared on Sept. 25 after heading to an appointment to show a house in Scott. Her body was found in a shallow grave in Cabot a few days later.