2017 death investigation turns out to be murder, not suicide after unrelated search warrant conducted, Sherrif says

2017 death investigation turns out to be murder, not suicide after unrelated search warrant conducted, Sherrif says
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CROSS COUNTY, Ark. — Cross County Sheriff’s Department makes a new discovery after conducting a search warrant.

On Sept. 15, the Cross County Sheriff’s Department, Wynne Police Department and Arkansas State Police made an arrest after a search warrant was run at 620 Highway 1 South, Sherriff David West said.

During the investigation, it was noted that there was a death of Rhonda Lindley at the same address in 2017.

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That death was ruled a suicide.

After further investigation, Mandi Cordell, Captain Kendole Boykin, Captain Luke Cantrell of WPD and ASP CID dug into the evidence from the 2017 death and found issues, West said.

Benny Clay Melton was interviewed and confessed to having caused Lindley’s death, according to West.

Melton was arrested Friday for second-degree murder in the 2017 case.