Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Officers arrest man in slaying


A 61-year-old man is facing a first-degree murder charge after a homicide near White Hall that the Jefferson County sheriff’s office says is still under investigat­ion.

The office said deputies were dispatched to the 1300 block of Caney Road at about 9:37 p.m. Wednesday and discovered an unresponsi­ve male, identified as Joe Stewart, 40. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner April Davis subsequent­ly pronounced Stewart dead.

Stewart’s body is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Varlon Ray Cummings, 61, was arrested and booked into the Dub Brassell Detention Center at 5:12 a.m. Thursday, in connection with a charge a first-degree murder. Major Gary McClain of the sheriff’s office said Cummings was a resident of the home and Stewart was a visitor.

No further details on the investigat­ion were available.

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