Ronald Adrian Britton, who is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, is scheduled to have a probable cause and first appearance hearing Monday.
Britton, 34, was arrested about noon Saturday, according to Lt. Matt Rice of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, after 26-year-old Michelle Asher was found dead in her back yard near Greenbrier early Saturday morning. Britton is being held at Faulkner County Unit II and will have his probable cause hearing at 11 a.m. Monday, and the first appearance will follow in the afternoon, Rice said.
Asher, 16 D Fox Run Lane, Greenbrier, was found laying in her back yard with multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso. She was found by a family friend, according to Faulkner County Coroner Patrick Moore.
Rice said detectives developed leads about Britton and his whereabouts through interviews with Asher’s family and other sources. Rice also said Asher and Britton had some sort of relationship, though he didn’t know if that relationship had ended.
Detectives do have evidence, Rice said, including the weapon they think was used in the crime.
Asher’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, and Moore said he anticipates an initial report by Monday afternoon.