Update: Garland Co. Murder Victim, Suspect Identified

A man has been arrested in connection with a killing Sunday in Garland County, the sheriffs office reported.

The agency said in a news release that Derek Layne Clark, 35, had been charged with first-degree murder. Clark is accused of killing Donald Easley, 60.

Deputies found Easley unresponsive after being called about 5:10 a.m. to a possible stabbing at 110 Bayou Point off Albert Pike Road in Hot Springs, according to the release. He was pronounced dead soon afterward.

Clark of Hot Springs National Park was arrested Tuesday. He was being held in the Garland County jail.

In announcing the arrest in a Wednesday news release, the Garland County Sheriff’s Office also officially identified the victim as Donald Easley, 60.

On Tuesday, investigators developed a person of interest in the case and took Derek Clark, 35, of Hot Springs into custody.

Original story: GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. – A death investigation is underway after a body is found at a home west of Hot Springs.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) says deputies were called to the 100 block of Bayou Point shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday.


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