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Lowery and her estranged husband, Arron Michael Lewis, were charged with the murder and kidnapping of Carter in the fall of 2014.
Lewis was arrested before Carter’s body was found in a shallow grave at a cement factory near Cabot, and Lowery was arrested shortly after Lewis. Carter disappeared from a house she was showing near Scott, Ark., on the evening of Sept. 25.
When he was taken into custody Lewis told police another man was involved in the murder, but police failed to act directly on that statement. After further investigation police charged Lowery as his partner in crime.
Lowery pled guilty and agreed to turn state’s witness against Lewis in exchange for a drop in the charge from capital murder to murder in the first degree and a sentence of thirty years.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Johnson said the charge was reduced after Lowery agreed to provide “truthful testimony” against her husband.
Tonight Lowery was still at the Pulaski County Detention Center waiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Lowery has been seeking to divorce Lewis.
Lewis, 34, previously won permission to present his own defense but changed his mind, and prominent Little Rock criminal defense attorney Bill James has been appointed to represent him at his upcoming trial. His trial was originally set to start Tuesday July 7 but now has been postponed until Jan. 12 at 9 a. m. 2016. An omnibus hearing has been set for 8:30 a. m. Oct. 5.
Lewis is being held in maximum security at the Tucker Arkansas Department of Corrections facility for violation parole on 2011 theft charges.