Man with connection to BC charged with capital murder

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A man, who reportedly has been living in Shell Knob, has been charged with attempted capital murder after allegedly trying to kill his estranged wife in Arkansas.

On July 26, at around 1:55 p.m., Green Forest (Ark.) Police Chief John Bailey and officer Gaylon Riggs were en route to an ATM after receiving a call from a woman claiming her husband had violated a protection order.

"We saw a car, a red Corsica, turn right onto Butler Avenue at a high rate of speed, and we decided to turn and follow it," said Bailey. "That is when the dispatcher reported that there had been a drive-by shooting at Jim's Drive-In, and another car was dispatched to that location."

As Bailey and Riggs followed the Corsica, it turned into a driveway. Dispatch reported that the vehicle involved in the shooting was a red Corsica. At that time Bailey and Riggs performed a felony traffic stop and arrested Trevor Elder, 26.

"We got Elder out of the vehicle, and we found the gun in a ditch a short distance from where we made the stop," said Bailey. "We also found several .45 casings in the vehicle."

According to Bailey, Elder fired at his wife's vehicle several times. One bullet went through the rear window into a child's car seat where an infant was sitting moments earlier. Another bullet went into a wall near where the woman was standing.

In addition to attempted capital murder, Elder was charged with six counts of aggravated assault, violation of a protection order, attempt to commit terroristic activity, unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and possession of firearms by a certain person, which was made due to the fact that Elder was on probation in both Boone and Carroll counties in Arkansas.

Bailey said that reports have been made that Elder was residing in Shell Knob, but officers believe he was actually living in Arkansas.

On Saturday, Elder's bond was set at $2 million. He remains in the Carroll County Jail.

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