Man charged in slaying of 2 adults, 2 children
MENA, Ark. — A 37-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of his girlfriend, her two children and her uncle, whose bodies were found in different locations last week in western Arkansas.
The Arkansas DemocratGazette reports that Brian Bliss Travis was arraigned Monday, two days after he told police in an interview that he killed the two adults and two children, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Officers from the Mena Police Department were sent to his girlfriend’s home after her employer reported she hadn’t been to work in a week. Officers found Travis at her home and arrested him on an outstanding warrant, according to court documents. Authorities discovered the body of his girlfriend, 43-year-old Bethany Jo Wester, last Tuesday in a creek. Her 66-year-old uncle, Steven Payne, was found dead two days later in his Hatfield home. Wester’s children — 2-year-old Acelynn Wester and 9-year-old Reilly Scarbrough — were found dead Friday and Saturday.