Arraignment Set for Suspects in Hackett Homicide

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The Office of Sebastian County Prosecutor, Daniel Shue, issued a release on Monday evening detailing the charges in the alleged home invasion case, which left one man dead and another seriously injured.

In his release, Shue stated that Jeffery Allen Workman, 46, and Jennifer Renee Martin, 39, have been charged in Sebastian County Circuit Court with murder in the first degree, class “Y” felony, and aggravated residential burglary, class “Y” felony. Additionally, Workman has also been charged with battery in the first degree, class “B” felony, possession of firearms by certain persons, class “B” felony, and habitual offender.

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the apartments located at 301 Plum St. in Hackett on Sunday, February 14. Once officers arrived, they identified one victim, Stephen Basham, deceased, and another victim, David Crone, with major head trauma.

Investigators conducted interviews and developed Martin as a suspect. Officers detained her and Workman in Fort Smith for questioning. Investigators then followed up leads and conducted search warrants at a residence on Texas Road in Fort Smith. Investigators then recovered a baseball bat that was used in this crime and a 9mm handgun that matches the shell casings left at the homicide scene. Investigators then obtained a statement from a subject implicating Workman as the person who brought the baseball bat and the handgun to the residence earlier that morning.

No bond has been set for Workman, and Martin’s bond has been set at $150,000 cash only. Both defendants will be arraigned on these charges on February 24 at 8:30 a.m.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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