Suspect transferred: On 18th birthday, Santiago moved to local jail

Friday, February 10, 2017
J. Santiago

A Carroll County teenager who is charged with capital murder in the death of his older brother last month was transferred from a juvenile detention center to the county jail in Berryville early Thursday, the day of his 18th birthday.

Joseph Ian Santiago is accused of beating and stabbing Alex Santiago, 21, to death inside a mobile home in the Grandview area northwest of Berryville on Jan. 17. He pleaded not guilty to charges of capital murder, attempted capital murder and arson on Monday, Feb. 6, in Carroll County Circuit Court.

According to an affidavit from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Santiago admitted to investigators that he killed his brother with a baseball bat and sword. The affidavit says Joseph Santiago also admitted to being responsible for a fire at the family’s home in April 2016. The affidavit says Joseph Santiago told investigators that he locked his brother in his room and poured gasoline on the floor before setting the home on fire.

The attempted capital murder and arson charges apparently stem from that incident.

The affidavit says that during his initial call to the sheriff’s office on Jan. 17, the boys’ father indicated that Alex Santiago was autistic.

A CCSO official said Joseph Santiago was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center at 1:55 a.m. Thursday. He had been held in Benton County because Carroll County does not have a juvenile detention facility. Court documents indicate that Santiago was born on Feb. 9, 1999, making Thursday his 18th birthday.

Santiago is being represented by public defender Beau Allen of Berryville, who declined to comment on Thursday. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, March 13, at the Carroll County Western District Courthouse in Eureka Springs.

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