Man found fit for mur­der trial

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT Tracy M. Neal can be reached by email at tneal@nwaon­ or Twit­ter @NWATracy.

BENTOVILLE — A Siloam Springs man ac­cused of killing his father is fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Mon­day.

Ted Charles Meehan, 31, is charged with cap­i­tal mur­der. Pros­e­cu­tors aren’t seek­ing the death penalty, so Meehan would be sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment without pa­role if con­victed.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge. Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green found Meehan fit to stand trial based on a men­tal eval­u­a­tion.

Tim Meehan Sr., 55, was found dead in his bed­room Dec. 26, 2014, shot once in the head in his home at 15554 Air­port Road, just east of Siloam Springs.

De­tec­tives with the Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice be­lieve Ted Meehan was the only other per­son at the home when his father was killed.

The coro­ner es­ti­mated Tim Meehan’s time of death at 8 p.m. Dec. 25, 2014.

Ted Meehan de­nied killing his father in in­ter­views with de­tec­tives. He de­scribed a night­mare he had con­cern­ing his father and told a de­tec­tive he wor­ries ev­ery day that he will be sent to hell, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Deputies found bul­let holes in Ted Meehan’s bed­room door and a wall near the door, ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit.

He was ar­rested Sept. 13, 2016, and is be­ing held in the Ben­ton County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. A pre­trial hear­ing is set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7.


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