A Conway woman is behind bars following a Sunday night stabbing that left one man dead.
Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said authorities were alerted of a stabbing incident around 8:30 p.m. Sunday on South Ash Street when they found 31-year-old Jeremy Smith injured in the doorway of an apartment.
"[W]hen officers arrived on scene, they found Smith lying in the doorway of an apartment suffering from a stab wound," Woodruff said, noting Smith taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Octavia Johnson, 31, of Conway was pinpointed as the suspect in this case. Online records show she was booked in the county jail at 1:31 a.m. Monday and is currently being held without bond on suspicion of second-degree murder.
While Johnson maintains she acted in self defense, witnesses reportedly told authorities they saw Johnson chase after the victim.
"After interviewing witnesses and the suspect, Octavia Johnson, Johnson was arrested," Woodruff said Monday. "Johnson claimed she stabbed Smith in self defense. However, witnesses reported seeing Johnson chasing Smith with a knife, eventually stabbing him. Johnson faces a charge of second-degree murder."
Woodruff said this case is considered an ongoing investigation and that authorities encourage anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward.
Woodruff told the Log Cabin on Monday morning that detectives were gathering evidence and witnesses statements to prepare a felony file to send over to the prosecutor's office for review.
Luke Ferguson, 20th Judicial District prosecuting attorney, said his office had not yet received a case file regarding this incident by press time Monday but that once it did, he would review the file to determine the appropriate charges to file in this case.
The incident is the second homicide reported in Conway and within Faulkner County this year.
Earlier this year, 18-year-old Demarco Taylor was shot to death at a residence on Bernard Drive.
"That case is listed as a homicide and has not yet been classified as murder," Woodruff said Monday. "The shooter claimed he shot in self defense as the victim was attempting to rob him. It's still under review."
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Conway police at 501-450-6130. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by testing CRIMES (274-637) using the keyword "Conway" in the text.