Man pleads not guilty in mother’s killing

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - TRACY M. NEAL Staff writer

BEN­TONVILLE — A Garfield man pleaded not guilty Mon­day, Oct. 2, to killing his mother.

Pa­trick Christo­pher Malone, 21, en­tered the plea to a capital mur­der charge dur­ing an ar­raign­ment be­fore Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Brad Kar­ren.

Bryan Sex­ton, deputy pros­e­cu­tor, told Kar­ren the death penalty would be waived. Malone would be sen­tenced to life in prison with­out pa­role if he is con­victed. Ben­ton County Pros­e­cu­tor Nathan Smith said Arkansas law re­quires a prose­cut­ing at­tor­ney to prove one of 10 ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors for a jury to con­sider capital pun­ish­ment. He couldn’t find one in Malone’s case, Smith said.

Malone is ac­cused of shoot­ing Chris­tel Malone, 44.

Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s

Of­fice deputies went to 16912 Ridge Road shortly af­ter 3 p.m. July 31 af­ter Danny Malone called 911 and said his son shot and killed his wife. He also said his son is men­tally ill, ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit.

Deputies found Chris­tel Malone dead from gun­shot wounds. Pa­trick Malone was ar­rested at the scene. Deputies found a .410 Taurus Judge gun in a hol­ster on the din­ing room ta­ble, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

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

Malone said he walked into a bed­room and shot his mother when she turned and looked at him, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Chris­tel Malone had mul­ti­ple bul­let wounds to her face, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Pa­trick Malone is be­ing held in the Ben­ton County Jail on a $250,000 bond.


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