Se­cond man ar­rested in 2016 gun death

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

A se­cond man was be­ing held Wed­nes­day in the shoot­ing death last sum­mer of a man whose de­com­pos­ing body was dis­cov­ered in south­east John­son County.

John­son County Deputy Prose­cut­ing At­tor­ney Bruce Wil­son said Max­imus Still­well, 30, was ar­rested Mon­day as a co-de­fen­dant with Christo­pher Weston, who is charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the June 10 death of 34-year-old Ricky Partin.

Wil­son said he ex­pects charges to be filed against Still­well next week. On Mon­day, Cir­cuit Judge Wil­liam Pearson found there was prob­a­ble cause to hold Still­well on a first-de­gree mur­der charge in lieu of $300,000 bond. He also ap­pointed the pub­lic de­fender to rep­re­sent Still­well.

Wil­son said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that Still­well was in pos­ses­sion of the hand­gun that Weston is ac­cused of us­ing to shoot Partin. He also was in pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun that be­longed to Partin, the deputy pros­e­cu­tor said.

Partin’s de­com­pos­ing body was found on pri­vate property near Big Piney Creek. Court records state that Partin was last seen in his truck with Weston and his dog. The next day, Weston was seen with Partin’s truck and the dog, but Partin was miss­ing, records state.

Records state that Weston told another per­son that he shot Partin sev­eral times in the face.

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