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Man's body found near Beaver Lake, 4 suspects arrested

On Monday, officers with the Benton County Sheriff's Office were called out to the Van Hollow area near 303 and Hwy 12 because of a body being discovered on the side
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BENTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS, Ark. — Four people have been arrested on suspicion of capital murder after a body was found near Beaver Lake on Monday (Feb. 24). 

On Monday, officers with the Benton County Sheriff's Office were called out to the Van Hollow area near 303 and Hwy 12 because of a body being discovered on the side of the road. 

The victim was identified as 23-year-old Lavonte Jackson. 

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Lavonte Jackson

On Thursday (Feb. 27), four suspects were arrested in connection to Jackson's death. 

All four suspect's bond hearings happened on Friday (Feb. 28).

The suspect's are facing the following charges:

  • 19-year-old Zackary Whitcomb - Capital Murder, no bond.
  • 26-year-old David Adair Jr. - Capital Murder, no bond. 
  • 20-year-old Lydia Riggs - Capital Murder, no bond. 
  • 31-year-old Mark Brannan - Abuse of a Corpse, Hindering Apprehension, and Tampering with Evidence, $50,000 bond and will have to wear an ankle monitor.  

Jackson's body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. 

The sheriff's office doesn't know the manner of death as of now, but they do say there was a struggle. 

His body was found on a dirt road in a ditch by someone driving to Beaver Lake on Monday around 3:00 p.m.

Jackson's body was in the ditch between 12 and 18 hours before he was discovered.

The sheriff's office believes all suspects in connection to the death are in custody.