Suspect arrested in Turtle Creek beating death
Cameron King, 32, of Monticello was arrested last Friday in connection to an alleged beating death at Turtle Creek Apartments, 130 West Oakland Avenue—the city’s first homicide of 2018—according to the Arkansas State Police.
Roxanne Best, 32, also of Monticello, was identified as the victim. Her body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the exact manner and cause of death.
Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton said the ASP was requested to assist in the investigation of the homicide, reported last Thursday night by MPD officers. Special agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division have been assigned to the case.
Local police officers responded to a call from King at about 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Deaton and ASP reports. Inside an apartment, police found the body of a woman who appeared to have been beaten to death.
According to the Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest, sworn to and signed by Investigator Kenny Cox, King admitted to him and Special Agent Bo Norris to striking Best in the back of the head with a 2x4 until she did not move “because he did not know if he could trust her.”
The suspect told investigators Best came to his apartment about 2 p.m. and that he did not know her name, but had met her a few times through his family. King went on to tell investigators later in the evening, Best was drinking beer and ordered pizzas.
Once the food was delivered, according to court documents, King told investigators Best ran to the back bedroom and told him to answer the door—and that’s when he decided he didn’t trust the victim. After eating the pizza, King told investigators he got the 2x4 and walked behind Best, beginning to strike her in the back of the head while telling her to leave his apartment.
In his first appearance at the Drew County Detention Facility Friday afternoon, Drew County District Court Judge Bruce Anderson set King’s bond at $500,000. The suspect is being held at the DCDF, and will likely be charged with first-degree murder, a Class Y felony, according to a bench warrant issued for the suspect.
King’s court date, which will be in Circuit Court, has not yet been set. As this is an open investigation at this time, no further information will be released until the investigation concludes, ASP Public Information Officer Elizabeth Chapman said.