Homicide arrest: Suspect accused in fatal shooting

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

An apparent shooting Friday night near Eureka Springs left one man dead and another in jail on charges of first-degree murder.

According to a press release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, dispatchers received a report at 8:44 p.m. Friday of a disturbance involving trespassers at Stone Wall Mountain, on Highway 23 north of Eureka Springs.

"While the assigned deputy was responding, the caller notified dispatch that there had been a shooting," the press release says. "Responding deputies located the caller, identified as Christopher Kevin Butler, and discovered a deceased subject in the driver's seat of Butler's vehicle."

In an update on Monday, CCSO identified the victim as John Catlin Keck, 30, of Eureka Springs.

The original press release says the victim suffered apparent gunshot wounds. The county coroner took custody of the victim's remains. The official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

Investigators from the sheriff's office processed the scene and interviewed Butler, according to the press release.

"Following the interview, investigators arrested Butler and booked him into the Carroll County Detention Center on charges of First Degree Murder (Class Y Felony) and Tampering with Evidence (Class D Felony)," the press release says. "Bond has not yet been set."

"This is an ongoing investigation," the press release says. "There will be no further comment from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office."

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