|Updated: 10/17/2011 10:41 pm
||Published: 10/17/2011 3:45 pm
SHERWOOD, AR – Police say they have a major break in the gruesome murder of an elderly woman out of Sherwood.
Detectives arrested a handyman Monday with the killing of 74-year old Katherine Cleary.
Placed in handcuffs and shackled at the feet, Carter Wilcoxson, 60, was led out of the Sherwood Police Department Monday afternoon charged with capital murder.
Cleary's daughter Sandra Smith says she's known the name Carter Wilcoxson since the investigation into her mother's murder started in late August.
Police say he did yard work at the home next to Cleary in the weeks leading up to her kidnapping and killing.
"It's a good day. My family and I are happy about it," Smith told FOX16 News.
Sherwood police detectives aren't revealing many details, including how Clearly was killed, citing the on-going investigation.
Captain Grady Russell says forensic evidence tested and returned from the Arkansas State Crime Lab provided enough for detectives to issue a warrant for Wilcoxson’s arrest and charge him with capital murder.
"It's likely that more arrests could come," Russell says.
After Cleary vanished from her home August 21, surveillance cameras caught two women using her credit card to buy a flat screen TV at a Jacksonville Wal-Mart only hours after her disappearance.
Sonia Bell, 39, and Rhonda Glassburner-Strong, 51, were arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card. Detectives say Glassburner-Strong led police to Cleary’s body in a patch of isolated Pulaski County woods off Wooten Road near Jacksonville.
Both are in jail but not charged in her murder. Right now only Wilcoxson faces a capital murder charge and that’s where Smith says her attention is focused.
"He's turned my life upside down, nothing has been the same the last nine weeks,” Smith says. “Nothing will ever be the same again. Not a day goes by that I don't wonder exactly what happened at his hands. And I just do not understand what makes him think he had the right to do this."
Smith says she’s ready to face him in court.
Wilcoxson makes his first appearance in Sherwood District Court via video surveillance from the Pulaski County jail on Tuesday.