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One guilty plea, but no deal on other suspect in Cabot pawnshop killing

One of the two people charged in the murder of a Cabot pawnshop owner takes a deal from the state. The family of Billy Joe Pipkin thought both the husband and wife charged in their loved ones murder would plead guilty but that didn't happen
KBC Pawn Shop, where Billy Joe Pipkin was murdered
KBC Pawn Shop, where Billy Joe Pipkin was murdered
Jaclyn Derreberry
Jaclyn Derreberry
LONOKE, AR - One of the two people charged in the murder of a Cabot pawnshop owner takes a deal from the state. The family of Billy Joe Pipkin thought both the husband and wife charged in their loved ones murder would plead guilty but that didn't happen.

David Derreberry, 37, said “no” to a deal Thursday from the state that would keep him off death row but land him in prison for the rest of his life.

Lonoke County prosecutor Chuck Graham told reporters after the hearing he did not know if Derreberry seriously considered the plea deal offered by the state.

“He doesn't have to plead guilty, he has a right to go to trial if he wants to,” Graham says. “I'm very confident with the juries in Lonoke County, they'll listen and do the right thing."

Derreberry is accused of shooting Billy Joe Pipkin, 60, and setting his Cabot business on fire with him inside last April.

Court documents show David told his wife Jaclyn Derreberry, 31, he'd "done something bad and hurt someone and to not watch the news."

On Thursday Jaclyn admitted she did something bad, pleading guilty to trying to hide her husband from police and selling stolen property.

Even with her guilty plea, her time in court is not over. She now has to testify against her husband at trial.

"It’s a capital case and we will be pursuing the death penalty if we're going to trial," Graham says.

Pipkin's large extended family said Thursday they'll wait until David Derreberry's case is done before speaking out.

"This family has had more to deal with in their life than most families would ever think about with having Mr. Pipkin's father killed so many years ago and now having to go through it again," Graham says.

Jaclyn Derreberry received a twenty year prison sentence with six years suspended in exchange for her plea.

The capital murder trial for David Derreberry is set for October 26th but Graham says it will likely get moved to sometime next year.


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