Ronald Adrean Britton, Jr. has been charged with capital murder following the stabbing death of a Greenbrier woman over the weekend, 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden said.
Official charges were filed late Monday morning. Britton, 34, of 136 Bragle Run in Beebe, was denied bond during his first appearance in front of Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Monday afternoon.
Britton was arrested Saturday in connection with the death of 26-year-old Michelle Asher.
Asher was found dead in her back yard Saturday morning with multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso. Britton was arrested without incident in El Paso at about noon Saturday by White County authorities, according to Lt. Matt Rice of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.
Asher’s family said she had been missing for about 24 hours when a family friend went to the residence and found her body lying in the back yard, Faulkner County Coroner Patrick Moore said.
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.
Britton is being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center. His next court appearance is Oct. 21.
An account has been set up to help the Asher family with funeral and legal expenses. Anyone interested in donating to the Michelle Asher Fund can contact Diane Cummings at (501) 514-5486 or visit any Home Bank of Arkansas branch.
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