Timeline of Heber Springs Murder

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HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. – A husband and wife were shot in Heber Springs on Thursday, police say. 

The husband, identified as Charles Johnson, 65, died after the shooting, according to Arkansas State Police. His wife, Candace Johnson, 62, is still alive, but she remains hospitalized. 

The suspect, identified as David W. Hammonds, 58, walked into The Print Shop on Arkansas 25-B around 12 p.m. and shot the Johnsons, police said. 

After the shooting, Hammonds drove away in a flatbed truck, according to the Heber Springs Police Department. 

Though the afternoon, authorities searched for Hammonds. 

At 9:30 p.m., Jackson County authorities spotted the vehicle. By 9:45 p.m., they were involved in a chase with Hammonds. 

Arkansas State Police took over the chase at 10:05 p.m.,  around U.S. 67. 

Hammonds wrecked his truck at 10:08 p.m., one mile north of Bald Knob. He was taken into custody immediately afterwards, police said. 

The murder suspect was taken to the White county Jail and later transferred to the Cleburne County Jail. 

He faces charges of capital murder, first-degree battery and commercial burglary, according to Arkansas State Police. 

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