Sin held with­out bond

Man tells po­lice he was in apart­ment at time of shoot­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TRACY M. NEAL

BEN­TONVILLE — A man told po­lice he was in the apart­ment when one of his room­mates shot and killed an­other room­mate, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments filed Thurs­day.

Mei Ka

Sin, 23, is be­ing held with­out bond in the Ben­ton County Jail. He was ar­rested Wed­nes­day morn­ing in con­nec­tion with cap­i­tal mur­der.

Spring­dale po­lice found Rwabuzisoni Daniel, 21, dead in an apart­ment at 5325 N. Oak St. on Mon­day night. The area is in the por­tion of Spring­dale in Ben­ton County.

An anony­mous caller told Spring­dale po­lice some­one had been shot. The call came in at 7:48 p.m. Mon­day. Po­lice ar­rived and found Daniel dead.

A room­mate told po­lice he saw an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween Sin and Daniel. He iden­ti­fied Sin as the shooter and told po­lice Sin fled af­ter the shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

A sec­ond wit­ness also told po­lice she, too, was in the apart­ment. She told po­lice Daniel went into a bed­room and Sin fol­lowed him. She then heard ar­gu­ing.

She told po­lice she heard gun­shots and Sin was hold­ing a hunt­ing ri­fle, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Po­lice found spent shell cas­ings on the bed­room floor and an­other shell cas­ing in the bath­room.

Sin ap­peared in court Thurs­day for a bond hear­ing. Sin is from Myan­mar, and an in­ter­preter was used by tele­phone for the hear­ing.

Jay Sax­ton, Ben­ton County’s chief pub­lic de­fender, told Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green he didn’t be­lieve pros­e­cu­tors have prob­a­ble cause for cap­i­tal mur­der. Sax­ton re­quested Sin be held in con­nec­tion with first-de­gree mur­der.

Pros­e­cu­tor Nathan Smith said the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit and wit­nesses state­ments are the ba­sis for cap­i­tal mur­der.

Smith re­quested Sin be held with­out bond. Sax­ton asked Green to set bond at not more than $100,000.

Green said she read the af­fi­davit and found cause to hold Sin on cap­i­tal mur­der.

Sin told Green he came to the United States as a refugee and he has lived in Arkansas for six months. Sin said he has fam­ily in other states, but none in Arkansas.

Sin said he pre­vi­ously lived in Hous­ton and Nacog­doches, Texas.

Green or­dered Sin be held in the county jail and told him not to have any con­tact with Daniel’s fam­ily.

Pros­e­cu­tors haven’t filed a for­mal charge against Sin, but Smith ex­pects one to be filed within 45 days.

Sin’s ar­raign­ment is sched­uled for 8 a.m. Sept. 5.


NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/TRACY M. NEAL

A sher­iff’s deputy es­corts Mei Ka Sin on Thurs­day to a room in the Ben­ton County Court­house in Ben­tonville to speak with Jay Sax­ton, Ben­ton County’s chief pub­lic de­fender. Sin was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with cap­i­tal mur­der and is be­ing held with­out bond in the Ben­ton County Jail.

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