LITTLE ROCK, Ark- According to KARK a jury has found Arron Lewis guilty of capital murder and kidnapping Friday in the death of realtor Beverly Carter.
Arron Lewis became defensive and argumentative during cross examination by the prosecution at his capital murder trial Friday morning.
According to KARK, the defendant testified for just under two hours as the state worked to punch holes in his story about the kidnapping and murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter.
Lewis was asked why there were four different versions about how it all happened and insisted that he lied to investigators about everything.
“You’re lying!,” Lewis said at one point, later telling the prosecutor “You act like I’m an idiot.”
Lewis was asked about whether or not it was true that he didn’t want his wife Crystal Lowery to divorce him so he could use marital privilege where she couldn’t testify against him, which she did Thursday.
Lewis told the court that the phone recording he played for investigators before Carter’s body was found was not really her. He said he created the message with a voice synthesizer on his computer.
Part of the message says “Carl do what he says,” or “it could be bad.” The prosecutor wanted to know what it meant if Carter had not been kidnapped, but had gone with him willingly, as Lewis claimed.
Lewis claimed that when he returned home to find that Carter was dead, he wanted to call 911 but didn’t because his wife objected. They decided instead to remove the body from their home.
Lewis testified that he and Lowery redressed Carter, saying she was naked when she died. “Why are you going through the trouble of putting clothes on a dead body? the prosecutor asked him.
The prosecution spent several minutes addressing the duct tape that completely covered Carter’s head. While a crime lab employee testified Thursday that the mask suffocated Carter and led to her death, Lewis insisted she was already dead when the tape was wound around her head.
KARK says, Lewis told the court the whole reason why duct tape was placed on Carter’s head was because bugs were crawling on her face. If she is dead then why didn’t you just use tape to cover the front of her face?, the prosecutor asked. “Why did you wrap her head six times to protect her from bugs?” the prosecutor said, insisting she was alive when the tape was applied and saying Lewis had to have been standing behind her. Lewis also claimed that Carter’s hands were bound behind her back with tape at the time he and Lowery buried the body and not before, when she was alive.