|Updated: 1/18 5:25 pm
||Published: 1/18 5:22 pm
ARKADELPHIA, AR – The man accused of killing three people, including two small children, in Arkadelphia last December entered a “not guilty” plea Friday.
Prosecutors say Riakos Lizana murdered Bobby Galbraith and his two step-daughters, 6-year-old Adiele Crutchfield and 4-year-old Marley Crutchfield, in their home the night of December 6th. A bloody handprint from one of the girls led the Arkansas State Police to make an arrest 48-hours after the murder occurred. Investigators in Clark County call it one of the most brutal crimes they have ever seen.
Prosecutors believe Lizana attempted to burglarize the Galbraith home, although they have not yet revealed what precipitated the deaths of the three. Police reports indicate at least one of the victims was stabbed to death.
Anna Galbraith, the wife of Bobby and mother of Adiele and Marley, was in the front row of the courtroom as Lizana made his appearance. Friends say they are praying for Anna and her surviving infant child, saying she is doing well, all things considered.
Lizana is back in the Clark County jail with no bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 8th.