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Attorney death suspect captured

The man investigators believe is responsible for the death of a well-known attorney is behind bars.
CLINTON, AR – The man investigators believe is responsible for the death of a well-known attorney is behind bars. Sheriff’s deputies found him hiding out in a tent behind his father’s home.

Prosecutor Cody Hiland says Rosendo Ross Meek was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and will be charged with manslaughter and criminal trespassing. Investigators say the 27 year old is responsible for the death of Clinton, Arkansas, attorney Brett Blakney.

Blakney also owned the Black Dog Bar and Grill in Clinton. Investigators say Meek had been banned from the business and there was a scuffle around 10pm Thursday night when he was ordered to leave. Authorities say the suspect punched Blakney in the face causing him fall hitting his head on some concrete. The prominent Van Buren County lawyer died just hours later in a local hospital.

Prosecutor Cody Hiland praised Crawford County deputies for their diligence in apprehending the suspect. Hiland says Meek had a 9mm pistol when arrested, was hiding out and attempting to flee. The prosecutor says that since Meek is a convicted felon he will likely face additional charges in Crawford County.

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