One of the two suspects in the murder of Christopher Helmlinger of Berryvile, will face capital murder charges when his trial begins on Aug. 24, 2010.
Evin and Melissa Davis have pleaded not guilty to murder and accessory to murder charges. Sources say that prosecutors are trying to work out some sort of plea agreement with Melissa Davis for her testimony against her husband.
Chris Helmlinger went missing in late September. On October 18th, a resident of the Glen Echos trailer park discovered a "strange mound" of dirt and called police.....a shovel was found nearby. Helmlinger was found in the shallow grave, he had been shot once in the head.
During the course of the investigation into Helmlinger's murder, investigators discovered that a man by the name of Charles Hedstrom spent a lot of time with Helmlinger while the two worked together at Tyson in Green Forest.
The night that Helmlinger's body was discovered, Hedstrom and his family packed up and left town, according to the release.Witnesses also told cops that Hedstrom had been seen in the area where Helmlinger's body was found with a shovel.
When authorities started delving into Hedstrom's past, they discovered that the man was actually Evin Davis, and he was wanted in Missouri.
Police caught up with Davis' wife, Melissa Davis, when she went to Tyson Foods to pick up her last paycheck.At first Melissa Davis refused to tell authorities where they would find her husband.
She was charged with hindering apprehension....a few days later prosecutors charged her with capital murder by accessory. She is being held on $1 million dollars bond.
Evin Davis turned himself into authorities in McAllen, Texas after he learned of his wife's arrest.
Prosecutors say they believe Davis killed Helmlinger because he wanted to assume his identity or possibly because Helmlinger was going to turn Davis in....or a combination of both.