HAMBURG, Ark. (AP) — A woman arrested in the abduction and fatal shooting of a longtime acquaintance sobbed as she made an initial court appearance on preliminary murder, kidnapping and robbery counts.
"I didn't have anything to do with the murder," Adrianne Green told Ashley County Circuit Court Judge Sam Pope on Friday through tears. "I knew they were planning a robbery, but I didn't have anything to do with the murder."
Green, 30, was appointed a public defender and ordered held without bail in the shooting death of Donna Woodberry.
Woodberry, 58, was abducted July 1 from the carport of her Crossett home and killed, then her car was used as a getaway vehicle in a North Crossett bank robbery, authorities have said.
Prosecutor Thomas Deen said Green had been advised that if she cooperates fully, he would waive the death penalty in her case.
"It appears that she has made an effort to obtain the benefit of that," Deen said afterward.
Green was arrested Thursday in Crossett, and another suspect in the killing and robbery, Peter Keith Harvey, 41, was arrested in Opelousas, La. Officials are still looking for Kendell Clifton Nickelson, 26, of Brookhaven, Miss.
In court Friday, Woodberry's daughters, Felishia Johnson and LaShanda Waters, watched as law enforcement authorities escorted Green out of the courtroom. Johnson said they've known Green since she was a baby.
They said she used to call Woodberry "Aunt Jackie," and that Waters wrote the obituary when Green's grandfather died.
Johnson said she learned of Green's arrest as they were going to the cemetery to bury their mother.
"It was overwhelming," Waters said. "This girl grew up with us. Her mom, her aunts — we called them our aunts, too."
Johnson said she had hoped Green would turn around in the courtroom and see her.
"Then I would have asked, 'Why?'" Johnson said.