Berryville teenager arrested after Eureka Springs woman found dead from gunshot wound

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Victor Hugo Acuna-Sanchez, 18, was arrested this week in connection with the death of a 21-year-old Eureka Springs woman.

CARROLL COUNTY -- Murder charges are pending against an 18-year-old Berryville man after a Eureka Springs woman was found lying in a pool of blood early on New Year's Eve.

Victor Hugo Acuna-Sanchez was arrested Monday night in connection with the death of Laura Acevez, according to a press release issued by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Acevez, 21, was found in her home around 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. She was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark.

While executing a search warrant on Acevez's home Monday night, investigators found a .22-caliber round and evidence suggesting Acuna-Sanchez as a suspect, police said in a press release.

When police later visited Acuna-Sanchez's home, they found him hiding in the shower, with a .22-caliber handgun at his feet, authorities said.

Acuna-Sanchez was arrested on outstanding warrants for criminal mischief and violating a no-contact order and is currently being held at the Carroll County Detention Center. No bond has been set.

The gun was seized as evidence and later sent to the State Crime Lab, and Acevez's body has been sent to the Arkansas Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, authorities said.

The Sheriff's Office is awaiting the results of the autopsy and ballistic tests to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to pursue murder charges against Acuna-Sanchez.

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  • Was there any connection between these two?

    -- Posted by JamisonDH on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 2:36 PM
  • Other than possibly in this country illegally.

    -- Posted by Atlas Shrugged on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 5:17 PM
  • My fiancee worked with her at Tysons. They have a 5 month old baby together. Also on Friday, Victor showed up there after work and was fighting with Laurie. At one point my fianee asked her if she was going to take him back. To which she replied, "No. Because if I take him back, I'll just feel bad about myself". I assume this is the motive.

    -- Posted by Kimberlyne on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:06 AM
  • :( So heartbreaking. I've been praying for her family and her precious babies.

    -- Posted by JamisonDH on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:30 AM
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