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Hearing set for murder suspects

By MELINDA WILLIAMS
melinda@southwesttimes.com

A December hearing date has been set for a two Pulaski County men charged with second-degree murder.

According to court records, a Dec. 3 preliminary hearing has been set for Roland Keith Wilson Jr., 41, of Belspring, and Matthew Earnest Arnold, 21, of Dublin. The hearing will he held at 1:30 p.m. in Pulaski County General District Court.

 

The men are charged with killing Stephen Harrison Bane, 50, whose body was found around 2:30 a.m. Thursday in an abandoned house on Creek Road in the Parrott Community. Bane was last seen in Parrott late Monday, Sept. 24.

Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said the investigation determined Wilson and Bane became involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical. He noted that Bane’s death appeared to be the result of a “violent confrontation.”

An autopsy is being conducted and the case remains under investigation. Both men were arrested Thursday, but not at the same time.

Court records show Wilson has a record of several convictions in Montgomery County Circuit Court, where he used to live. The convictions include imposition of a nine-year prison sentence in 1997 for violating parole on a 1990 conviction for grand larceny.

A 2006 charge of making a bomb threat was reduced to making a false report to police, and Wilson was convicted of maliciously shooting at a vehicle in 2009. He was twice returned to court, most recently in February of this year, on probation violation charges stemming from that shooting conviction.

Also in 2009, Wilson was convicted of property destruction and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Arnold has no record of convictions in circuit courts in Pulaski or Montgomery counties. He has traffic infractions in general district courts in both counties and a possession of marijuana conviction in Montgomery County.

Both men are being held without bond in New River Valley Regional Jail.

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