Ernest Doyle Chastain (mug shot SCSO)

A man who fled Arkansas after murdering his girlfriend and found hiding in a motel in Stone County has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

On May 19, 2009, the mother of Ernest Doyle Chastain, Jr. called authorities in Hollister and told them her son confessed to killing fifty three year-old Susan "Susie" Powers saying, "momma, I really killed her." 

Chastain, 44, told investigators he shot Powers twice in the head after she cussed at him and threw a glass of whiskey in his face at the home the couple shared not far from Omaha.

Chastain was arrested two days later at the Shoals Motel in Galena after a man staying at the motel, who was watching KY 3 News and saw the story about the manhunt for Chastain notified the manager that he had seen the man at the motel.  The manager then called authorities who arrested Chastain and a woman found in the room. The woman, who told investigators she had met Chastain the previous day in Rockaway Beach and was unaware that  he was wanted for murder, was released.

Prosecutors dropped weapons charges against Chastain in exchange for his guilty plea.

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