Authorities have been tight-lipped about the case that has produced two arrests in the abduction and slaying of Sherwood real estate agent Beverly Carter. Arron Lewis and his wife Crystal Lowery have been charged with capital murder.
Affidavits for arrest have been sealed. A spokesman did tell me Friday that the office was not prepared to say there was no possibility of further arrests.
Over the weekend, notes from a couple of sources indicated something I hadn’t heard previously. The suspects might have known Carter. A friend of the family said Carter’s granddaughter and a child of Lowery’s by a previous marriage participated in the same cheerleader program and the adults attended cheerleading events, though it’s not clear whether they had a personal relationship. Lowery was charged last week. She’d been arrested the week of the crime on a theft by receiving charge but released. Authorities won’t talk about that charge in detail, but several news outlets have reported she was believed to be in possession of Carter’s cell phone when arrested Sept. 29, the same day Lewis was arrested.
Carter disappeared after leaving home to show a house for sale in Scott. Her body was later found in a shallow grave near a concrete plant in northern Pulaski County where Lewis once worked as a truck driver.
Lowery married Lewis in April, but filed for divorce after his arrest. Their relationship is detailed in this blog report that includes court filings and material mined from their Facebook pages.
An acquaintance between the victim and suspect could explain some basis for Arron Lewis’ curious and controversial jailhouse interview with Channel 4. Among other things, he said Carter had gone with him willingly. This would not absolve him from the charge, of course, even if initially true.