UPDATE: Victim in Hackett homicide identified, suspects arrested

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UPDATE:

SEBASTION COUNTY, Ark. – The victim in the home invasion and shooting in Hackett on Sunday has been identified and two suspects arrested.

The victim was identified as 34-year-old Stephen D. Basham of Hackett.

A murder suspect, 46-year-old Jeffrey Allen Workman of Fort Smith, was developed and arrested late on Sunday. 

Workman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree battery, aggravated residential burglary, and possession of a firearm by certain persons, and a parole violation.  He is currently being held in Sebastian County Detention Center with no bond.

Also arrested was Jennifer Martin, 39, of Fort Smith.  She was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree battery.  She is currently being held in Sebastian County Detention Center on a $150,000 cash bond.     

The gun which was used in the murder and the baseball bat used in the battery were recovered by Sebastion County Sheriffs Office at another location in Fort Smith.  Three search warrants were obtained and executed in the investigation.  Multiple interviews were conducted. 

ORIGINAL STORY – Deputies report that one person died and another person was injured in an early-morning incident in Hackett Sunday being investigated as a home invasion.

According to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a residence in the 300 block of Plum Street around 5:30 a.m.

Witnesses at the scene told the deputies that a man forced his way into the residence by kicking in the front door before hitting the first victim, who was in the lower level of the home, with a baseball bat, leaving him injured.

The witnesses then claimed that suspect went upstairs to a bedroom where he found the second victim, shooting that person five or six times, killing the victim. Deputies said they found the body of the shooting victim, only identified as a 34-year-old man from Hackett, in his bed.

Deputies reported that the suspect had left the scene before they had arrived. They secured the scene and checked on the other residents at home, including a woman and three juveniles ranging in ages from 9 to 15. The victim hit by the baseball bat received medical attention.

Deputies are continuing to investigate this incident and interview witnesses. As of midday Sunday, detectives have not yet released any information on the identity of a suspect.

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