Abuse ends with mur­ders

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

A Spring­dale, Ark., man was ar­rested Mon­day, Jan. 5, 2015, on sus­pi­cion he shot two peo­ple in the Wash­burn area and kid­napped his 2-year-old daugh­ter.


Lee Paschall,

37, was ar­rested

Mon­day af­ter­noon at 2324 Hid­den Lake St., which Spring­dale Po­lice Lt. Shane Pe­gram said was the home of an un­spec­i­fied rel­a­tive in a news re­lease Mon­day even­ing. His daugh­ter, Alli, was found in good health and was in Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices cus­tody, the re­lease said.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials in Barry County say Paschall fa­tally shot his ex-girl­friend and wounded her grand­fa­ther Mon­day af­ter­noon near Wash­burn, Mo., be­fore tak­ing his and the woman’s daugh­ter, ac­cord­ing to KY3 News

in Spring­field and other Mis­souri and North­west Arkansas news out­lets. The out­lets noted Paschall had a his­tory of crim­i­nal be­hav­ior and of al­legedly ha­rass­ing the woman.

An AM­BER, or Amer­ica’s Miss­ing: Broad­cast­ing Emer­gency Re­sponse, Alert on the girl’s kid­nap­ping was is­sued shortly be­fore Paschall’s ar­rest and was sub­se­quently can­celed.

Paschall was ar­rested by Spring­dale of­fi­cers on an un­re­lated war­rant af­ter a tip from the Ben­ton County Sher­iff, the re­lease states. It states he was trans­ported to the Wash­ing­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

His­tory of abuse

Months of threats, abuse and ha­rass­ment stopped Mon­day, Jan. 5, 2015.

So did the lives of two peo­ple.

Dead are 28-year-old Casey Brace and her 79-year-old grand­fa­ther, Herb Townsend. Both were shot at Townsend’s home on Farm Road 1055 near Wash­burn ap­par­ently by Casey’s ex-boyfriend, Christo­pher Paschall, now in jail in Wash­ing­ton County, Ark.

Brace was dead when deputies from the Barry County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment ar­rived, ac­cord­ing to deputies. Townsend was taken to a hos­pi­tal in Spring­field, where he later died.

Brace and her 2-yearold daugh­ter were vis­it­ing Brace’s ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther on a ru­ral road just out­side of Wash­burn, less than a mile from where she lived with her mother, Cathy Townsend. Casey’s two older chil­dren, 10- and 4-year­sold, were at school.

The shoot­ing was about 1:30 p.m. Mon­day. Barry County Sher­iff Mick Ep­perly said Townsend was able to tell deputies that Paschall was the shooter.

In the morn­ing be­fore the shoot­ing, Ep­perly said, deputies made ex­tra pa­trols at the house and stopped to make sure ev­ery­one was okay be­cause of sev­eral days of on­go­ing prob­lems be­tween Paschall and his ex-girl­friend. Ep­perly said Paschall had been mak­ing threats, and the woman had gone to court to ap­ply for an or­der of pro­tec­tion against him.

Brace, Townsend and other fam­ily mem­bers suf­fered at the hands of Paschall, for years, ac­cord­ing to her older sis­ter, Brit­tney Woods of Bunker Hill, Ill.

“She tried sev­eral times to get away, there was prob­a­bly 50 po­lice re­ports made since sum­mer 2014,” Woods said. “He tor­mented our fam­ily ev­ery day for months mak­ing threats and stalk­ing and de­stroy­ing our homes and cars. Casey and my mom both had re­strain­ing or­ders on him. He has been abu­sive since they met in 2008, he has a long crim­i­nal his­tory. They lived in Spring­dale, Ark., up un­til Casey moved to try to get away in June.”

Last Au­gust, Brace was liv­ing with one of her sis­ter’s off Rader Road, east of Pea Ridge, Ark., when Paschall dam­aged the home.

“Her sis­ter (Brace) was stay­ing with her (Am­ber Brace Tram­mel) and the sis­ter’s ex van­dal­ized her trailer. Dam­aged win­dows, cut-up mat­tresses, dam­aged ap­pli­ances, cut cords, pipes, etc.,” another rel­a­tive said on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

On­line court records show Paschall has re­ceived a cou­ple of traf­fic tick­ets in Barry and McDon­ald coun­ties; was ar­rested in 2011 in Wash­ing­ton County, Ark., on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated or im­paired; and was ar­rested in Ben­ton County, Ark., last month on sus­pi­cion of con­tempt of court.

The Barry County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment will now start ef­forts to re­turn him to Cassville.


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