Marmaduke police and agents from the Arkansas State Police are investigating a suspected homicide that took place Tuesday afternoon.
According to Marmaduke Police Chief Scott Chambers, officers from his department were dispatched to a location on North Fifth Street in Marmaduke at about 4:45 p.m.
“I arrived on-scene at approximately 4:55 p.m.,” he said, “and the victim was transported to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center shortly thereafter. The Arkansas State Police were summoned, and we and they are working together.”
According to information made available by Arkansas State Police public information officer Bill Sadler, the Marmaduke Police had been dispatched to 107 N. Fifth St. Once they arrived, they found Wesley Scott Schuler, 29, the victim of a gunshot wound. Schuler later died at a Paragould hospital.
According to information from the Greene County Detention Center, the department took Bradley Allen Schuler, 38, into custody on a charge of one county of first-degree murder, a Class Y felony.
“The two were related,” Chambers said, although he did not disclose the relationship between Wesley and Bradley.
He added the investigation is continuing and that he was not at liberty to release many details. However, Chambers did say investigators had located a weapon.
Wesley Schuler’s body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where the manner and cause of death will be determined.
Sadler said a state police investigative file will be submitted to the Greene County prosecuting attorney who will determine whether formal criminal charges will be filed against Bradley Schuler.
First-degree murder carries a possible penalty of 10 to 40 years, or life, in the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections. First-degree murder is distinguished from capital murder, likewise a Class Y felony, which can carry the death penalty, by (among other things):
An absence of premeditation or deliberation
The lack of an accompanying serious felony (e.g. rape, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, delivery of a controlled substance, arson, etc.) as specified in section 5-10-101 of the Arkansas Code, Annotated
The lack of an agreement for the accused to cause the death of another person in return for anything of value.
The victim being other than a public servant (teacher, law enforcement/corrections officer, member of the military, firefighter, etc.) in the performance of official duties, an elected/appointed official or a candidate for public office
This is a developing story and The Daily Press will report more information as it becomes available.