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Update: Teen Reportedly Admits to Murder of 11-Year-Old Girl

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- New details are emerging after an Arkansas teen reportedly admitted to murdering an 11-year-old girl.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- New details are emerging after 17-year-old Christopher Sowell reportedly admitted to murdering an 11-year-old Mississippi County girl.

At a Thursday afternoon hearing, investigators presented a synopsis of the events as told to them by the 17-year-old suspect, in which he reportedly admitted to killing Jessica Williams.

The synopsis states that numerous interviews led investigators to Sowell, who lives less than a quarter mile from Williams, and his parents agreed to take him to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office for questioning.

Sowell made his way into court Thursday in prison stripes with chains around his wrists and ankles.

He said nothing besides shaking his head when we asked him if he had anything to say.

The arraignment didn't take long -- the judge read off the charge of first-degree murder.

Sowell told investigators that when Jessica arrived, he became angry with her and pushed her off the bridge onto the ground. He said Williams then walked back up onto the bridge and told him she was going to tell her dad about the incident, and he became scared and angrier still, grabbed her by the throat and choked her, then pushed her over the bridge again and walked away, according to the synopsis.

Christopher Sowell was charged with first-degree murder and remains in the Mississippi County Jail, where his bond has been set at $2 million cash, under what the judge called "heinous and terrible circumstances."

"I wish he'd get the same she got. I hope he don't see daylight again," said Jessica's father Eric Williams, when he heard the details of his daughter's death.

The family of Sowell had nothing to say leaving the courtroom today. Sowell is being held on a $2 million cash only bond. His next appearance in court will be Sept. 26.

The Williams family is coping with the shock of finding out their neighbor, someone who rode the bus with Jessica and had actually helped look for her, did this to her.

(story contributed by KNWA, Fayetteville, Ark)

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