Arkansas case extended for Washburn murder suspect

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Paschall's next hearing on Nov. 9 in Washington County, Ark.

A Rogers, Ark., man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather in Washburn in January will stay in Arkansas for a while longer, as he is being tried in Washington County on four charges and has had his case continued to Nov. 9.

After allegedly killing 29-year-old Casey Brace and her grandfather, 67-year-old Herbert Townsend, on Jan. 5 at Townsend's home near Farm Road 1055 and 8th Street in Washburn, Christopher Paschall, 37, took his 2-year-old daughter and fled to his mother's home in Springdale, Ark. About four hours after the shooting, and with help from a ping from Paschall's cell phone, the Springdale Police Department's SWAT Team arrested Paschall and the girl was found unharmed. Townsend died at Cox South Hospital the same night as a result of the multiple gunshot wounds.

Upon his arrest in Arkansas, Springdale police found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and 19 firearms, two of which police say were stolen from Washington and Madison counties in Arkansas. Paschall was then charged in Washington County with possession of a firearm by certain persons, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by receiving and violating the terms of a prior bond. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Feb. 7.

A requested mental examination on Paschall has yet to be completed, which led Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay to continue Paschall's case to Nov. 9.

Barry County authorities are waiting for Paschall's Arkansas case to be disposed before extraditing him to Missouri. Paschall is being held in the Washington County jail on a $100,000 bond, but because Missouri officials have a hold on him, he would be transported to Barry County if he were to make the bond.

In Barry County, a special prosecutor will be appointed for the case, per a request from Barry County Prosecutor Amy Boxx.

Paschall is facing charges in Barry County of first-degree murder, a class A felony, first-degree assault, a class A felony, and armed criminal action, an unclassified felony.

Paschall is no stranger to the Barry County court system, or to deputies who work in the area. Mick Epperly, Barry county sheriff, said Paschall was an immediate suspect for the crime because of the Barry County Sheriff Office's recent dealings with him.

"We've dealt with him over the last six months, [as of Jan. 5], for property damage to stalking," Epperly said. "He disconnected a propane line once, as well, so stuff like that is one of the reasons he was a suspect right off the bat."

An order of protection against Paschall was granted on Oct. 20, 2014, meaning Paschall was to stay 300 or more feet away from Brace, and was not permitted not communicate with her or enter her home.

According to court records, Paschall allegedly violated the order of protection on Nov. 24, 2014, and again on Dec. 15, 2014, facing class A misdemeanors for both incidents.

Epperly said the alleged homicide is the first in Barry County since August 2011, when Jimmy Nelson plead guilty in 2013 to the murder of his girlfriend, Vicki Clark.

Brace's children

Brace's mother, Cathy Townsend, has been fighting for custody of her grandchildren since the double-murder occurred, and on Friday, Arkansas courts awarded custody to Christopher Paschall's parents, John and Mary Paschall.

Missouri courts had awarded custody of two of Brace's three children to Townsend, but the per the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Arkansas courts retained jurisdiction. The act said Missouri courts had no jurisdiction because Brace and her children had not lived in Missouri for at least six months and established residency. Brace had moved to Washburn from Springdale about four months before she was killed.

Custody of Alli Paschall, 2, and Braxton Paschall, 4, was awarded to John and Mary Paschall on Friday. Brace's eldest daughter, Sydney Klingensmith, 10, is with her biological father in South Carolina.

Townsend said per the ruling, her daughter, Amber Trammell, was awarded visitation on every other weekend and every other Wednesday. Christopher Paschall's brother was also awarded visitation one weekend per month. John and Mary Paschall have the two children the rest of the time.

Townsend said although the custody agreement did not go in her favor, she wanted to thank everyone who has helped her in her time of need.

"I want to thank everybody for their support," she said. "People here have been great in helping us out.

"I wish things had turned out different, but I am not giving up."

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