'She Was a Rich Broker': Suspect in AR Realtor's Murder Speaks to Reporters
UPDATE, 9a ET: Jonathan Hunt reported the latest on "America's Newsroom," saying Carter's body was found in a shallow grave. Lewis has now been charged with capital murder.
The Carter family released the following statement this morning:
"We are devastated at the loss of our precious Beverly. There is now a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Mr. Lewis robbed us of an amazing wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her grandkids will never get to the know the magnitude of her greatness. As we grieve, we thank law enforcement for their diligence in finding her, every person that aided in the search efforts, New Life Pentecostal Church, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, our community for their love and support, and for every prayer that has been spoken. We draw some comfort in knowing that she is now in the arms of Jesus. God bless you all."
Brand new video in this morning after the arrest of a man who is suspected in the disappearance of an Arkansas realtor.
Arron Lewis, 33, is suspected in connection with the disappearance of 49-year-old Beverly Carter, who was last seen Thursday when she went to a show a home.
He denied killing Carter when asked by a reporter.
Lewis said he hasn't seen Carter in two days, speaking of a "co-defendant" named Trevor whom authorities are now looking for. He described Trevor as being in the "Air Force at the military base."
A reporter then asked Carter, "Why Beverly?"
"She was a woman who worked alone, a rich broker," said Carter, adding "I'm sorry" when asked if he had anything to say to the family.
Watch the clip above.
More on the arrest from FoxNews.com:
Pulaski County Lt. Carl Minden said authorities are not releasing details on how investigators identified Lewis as a suspect. He said Lewis is on parole for previous convictions in northwest Arkansas.
Police said Carter’s purse was found in her vehicle outside the home and the door to the residence she was showing was left open. Detectives believe Carter was taken from the home.
Carl Carter, her husband, told First Coast News that he received a text from Beverly around 1 a.m. Friday, the morning after her disappearance.
But he said the message didn’t sound like her at all.
"All of a sudden I received three texts in a row. One said 'Yes.'… Then she sent another text that said, 'My phone's low. The battery's down, and I'll call you whenever I get signal.' …And, then, straight back-to-back, I received a text that said 'Oh, I'm out drinking with some friends,'" he told the station. "Beverly's not a drinker…We just want our mom back, and my wife of 35 years…I need her."
Fox 16 reports authorities said Lewis, whom they consider dangerous, has visible facial injuries he sustained in a car accident earlier Sunday. Lewis was treated at a hospital for his injuries but was not detained, because a warrant had not been issued yet. It was not immediately clear how authorities linked Lewis to Carter's disappearance.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Lewis has an extensive criminal history, including felony convictions for theft of property. Online records seen by the paper show Lewis as being on parole until 2017.