A special deputy prosecutor has been assigned to take a fresh look at the 1990 murder of Pamela Felkins.
According to 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden, special prosecutor Jack McQuary of the Little Rock-based Arkansas Office of the Prosecutor Coordinator will be working with his office and local law enforcement agencies to gather all evidence and information pertaining to the case, seek new evidence and begin a "re-review" in hopes of identifying and prosecuting a suspect.
"What we are attempting to do is go through, as prosecutors, and review everything and make a determination, as prosecutors, as to what else needs to be done," Vaden said.
A few suspects have been considered, Vaden said, but neither he nor his predecessor, H. G. Foster, believed that the evidence was strong enough to seek a conviction.
Felkins was abducted from her job at Crossroads Video Store in her hometown of Greenbrier on the night of Feb. 2, 1990. Her body was found the next morning along a gravel road just outside Greenbrier, along with evidence of a brutal, sadistic murder and a DNA sample from a man police believe was likely responsible for her death.
A match for this DNA sample has not been found among local suspects or in national crime databases.
Vaden said he has requested a special prosecutor because of the high workload his deputy prosecutors are handling, with court proceedings involving the three University of Central Arkansas shooting suspects and several other murder cases, as well as his review of a UCA legislative audit.
Vaden said he also requested a special prosecutor because facts of the case have been made public by Faulkner County Justice of the Peace Jerry Roberts, the former chairman of the Faulkner County Multi-Jurisdictional Homicide Task Force, a task force formed in 2001 with the intent of solving the case.
Faulkner County Sheriff Karl Byrd said he's talked with McQuary, and is pleased to have another person assisting in what he says has been an ongoing investigation "since day one."
"Any new leads that come up or any new pieces of potential information that come up we've been following up on," Byrd said. "We always compare any DNA we collect with the DNA collected from the suspect, and we've gone back and we've redone a lot of things that were originally done and it's still very much an active investigation; it's actively being worked by the sheriff's office, Greenbrier Police Department, Arkansas State Police, the FBI and the prosecutor's office."
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