Death penalty sought in murder of Cabot pawn shop owner

He is accused of killing a Cabot business owner. She is accused of trying to cover it up. A husband wife team entered a plea in a Lonoke County courtroom Friday saying they are not guilty.
Surrounded by guards and in a bullet proof vest, Jaclyn Derreberry, 31, is escorted into a Lonoke County courtroom amid tightened security Friday morning.
Prosecutors say her husband David Derreberry, 37, killed Cabot business owner Billy Joe Pipkin on April 4 and she helped cover it up.
Newly filed court documents show David told his wife he'd "done something bad and hurt someone and to not watch the news."
In previous statements, David Derreberry said he was motivated by money when he admitted to shooting Billy Joe Pipkin but in court, after talking with a lawyer, he decided to stay quieter.”
Lonoke County Prosecutor Chuck Graham says he's consulting with Pipkin's family on a possible punishment.
"I'm the elected prosecutor, ultimately that’s my decision on what to do,” Graham says.  “This is capital murder, there are only two possible penalties, either life in prison w/out parole or the death penalty.  And right now we're pursuing the death penalty."
The family of Billy Joe Pipkin in the past shared their grief over losing their loved one.  Today they said through a family spokesperson they'll be at this courthouse as many times as possible to see that justice is done.
In addition to capital murder, David Derreberry faces charges of arson, robbery and two counts of theft of property.
Trials for both are scheduled for pretrial hearings September 19 & trials October 25.
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