Shoot­ing in Garfield

Man, 20, ar­rested in con­nec­tion with killing mother.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - TRACY M. NEAL

BEN­TONVILLE — A Garfield man had thought about killing his mother for five or six years, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments filed Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Pa­trick Malone, 20, was ar­rested Mon­day in con­nec­tion with cap­i­tal mur­der. His bond was set at $250,000 Tues­day. Prose­cu­tors haven’t filed a for­mal charge against Malone.

Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies went to 16912 Ridge Road in Garfield shortly after 3 p.m. Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Deputies found Chris­tel Malone, 44, dead from gun­shot wounds. Pa­trick Malone was ar­rested at the scene, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Malone told De­tec­tive Ali­son Nguyen he be­gan to think about things his mother had called him, ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit. He de­scribed his mother as evil and said the two hated each other.

Malone said he walked into a bed­room and when his mother turned and looked at him he shot her, ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit. He de­scribed hear­ing two or three bangs and then click­ing sounds.

Chris­tel Malone had mul­ti­ple bul­let wounds to her face, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Danny Malone called 911 and said his son shot and killed his wife and his son is men­tally ill, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Deputies found a .410 Taurus Judge gun in a hol­ster on the din­ing room ta­ble, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Ben­ton County Pros­e­cu­tor Nathan Smith re­quested Malone be held with­out bond. Smith cited the strength of the case and the sever­ity of the charge as rea­sons to hold Malone with­out bail.

Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Xol­lie Dun­can ap­pointed the Ben­ton County Pub­lic De­fend­ers Of­fice to rep­re­sent Malone.

Kevin Lam­mers, a deputy pub­lic de­fender, re­quested bond be set at $100,000. Malone has no fam­ily out­side Ben­ton County and he has lived in the county for the past 18 years, Lam­mers said.

Malone told Dun­can he is un­em­ployed and hasn’t had a job since last year.

P. Malone

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