The suspect accused of killing Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter defiantly denied murdering her in a jailhouse interview, claiming that Carter's death "was an accident."
"I didn't murder her, and anything that did occur was an accident," Arron Michael Lewis, 33, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, capital murder and four counts of a felon in possession of firearms, told NBC affiliate KARK in Arkansas from behind bars.
Aaron Lewis' wife has also been arrested.
Please note that "I didn't murder her" is immediately weakened by "anything that did occur" which gives positive indication that something, indeed, did happen. This is to add a fourth element to the denial.
We saw this same phrase from a man who gave a young woman the drugs that caused her death: he distanced himself as not "killing" her, because the "drugs killed her" which we may find something similar in this case where as his actions, or his inactions, caused her death.
The statement, however, shows withholding of information by the suspect.
Carter, 50, went missing while showing a home on Sept. 25. Her body was found five days later in the Little Rock suburb of Cabot. Investigators have said Lewis first contacted Carter about a home for sale, but Lewis refused to confirm how the two met. "It didn't have nothing to do with her showing the home. Just a place to meet," he said. "It wasn't necessarily like an appointment."
Here we see that he continues to withhold information and refuses to issue a reliable denial.
He added that while Carter did leave the home with him in his car, investigators were overreaching in the kidnapping charges. "The kidnapping's false. I mean, somebody goes with you of their own free will, they're not being kidnapped."
This is to acknowledge that she went with him voluntarily. The overall passivity suggests that he caused her death yet blames circumstances instead.
Authorities have pinned the crime on him because he's a convicted felon, he told KARK. "It's not as clean cut as they're wrapping it up to be," he said.
update: a second suspect has been arrested.
The wife of Arron Lewis, Crystal Lowery, has just been arrested in connection with the murder of Beverly Carter. The arrest was the result of the continuing investigation in the case. The case is still ongoing. The warrants for this arrest are sealed as are the other warrants and reports regarding this incident