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Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay addresses a press conference Tuesday.

Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay addresses a press conference Tuesday.

Aaron M. Lewis

Aaron M. Lewis

Little Rock, Ark. — Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay was for the most part tight lipped about what led him to arrest Aaron Michael Lewis, 33, of Jacksonville for the kidnapping and murder of North Little Rock Realtor Beverly Carter, 50, who disappeared from a house site she was showing last Thursday night. Carter was found early Tuesday morning in a shallow grave behind a cement plant near Cabot.
Asked why he had targeted Beverly Carter, Lewis shouted back at reporters as he was taken out of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office that she was a woman alone and a rich broker. When reporters tried to find out whether Lewis had found her on Craig’s List, the prosecuting attorney refrained comment.
Despite Lewis’s contention that he had not acted alone, Sheriff Holladay made it clear Tuesday that “at this time we are not seeking any other suspects.” He said they had interviewed Trevor, who Lewis labeled as a “co-defendant,” and “do not believe he was involved in the commission of this crime.”
Beverly Carter

Beverly Carter

Lead detective Simon Haynes said that Lewis was a stranger to Carter, and when pushed for a motive he said that they hoped to have a better answer in a few weeks after reviewing data from the victim’s cell phone. Police also refused to comment on the cause of death.
6th Judicial Circuit Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley described the victim as a “target of opportunity for him.” Jegley said this was just the beginning of a long process and “we will get it right.” He said the murder had “stained the soul of our community.”
Lewis is being held without bond at the Pulaski County Jail. When the Circuit Clerk’s Office was called to find out Lewis’s scheduled hearing dates, this reporter was told there was a gag order on the case.
Beverly Carter, executive broker with the North Little Rock office of Crye-Leike®, was the object of a massive search by law enforcement and volunteers once she went missing. Law enforcement officials said they had hoped for a positive outcome, but that did not occur.
The main office of Crye-Leike today announced that visitation for the family of Beverly Carter will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at First Pentecostal Church of North Little Rock, 1401 Calvary. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
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