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Alleged killer of Arkansas Realtor will represent himself in capital trial

Arron Lewis faces death penalty as defendant and as his own counsel

The man accused of killing an Arkansas Realtor, Beverly Carter, is choosing to represent himself in his own capital murder trial.

Arron Michael Lewis made the formal request last week in court to represent himself and terminate his lawyer, Jim Hensley.

The judge has granted the request. Lewis’ next appearance will be June 1.

Carter was the Arkansas Realtor who went missing in late September. Her body was found in a shallow grave about 25 miles north of Little Rock. 

Lewis was arrested even before Carter’s remains were found, and he entered a plea of not guilty to capital murder.

"Lewis admitted to kidnapping Beverly Carter, but would not divulge her whereabouts," the sheriff's office said at the time.

Lewis later claimed that he was innocent and that Carter’s death was an accident, alleging that she was with him willingly at the time of her death.

In an interview with KARK4 Arkansas, Lewis said that he didn’t kidnap Carter, and while he declined to provide details of what happened, he says he is innocent.

“I didn’t kill her. I didn’t murder her. And any thing that did occur was an accident,” Lewis said from behind bars. “I never denied her going with me. As far as kidnapping, I never kidnaped anybody. The kidnapping is false, somebody goes with you on their own free will, they're not being kidnapped.”

Shortly after his arrest, Lewis virtually confessed to being party to the kidnapping, but said that an accomplice, whom he named as Trevor, was responsible for the murder.

He told reporters at the time that he targeted Carter because she was a “rich broker” and because she was a woman who worked alone.

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