An arrest has been made in the murder of a 15-year-old boy in Arkansas.
Christopher Buchanan, 29, is charged with Capital Murder in the death of Jordan White, 15.
BREAKING: Christopher Buchanan has been charged with capital murder in the death of 15 year old Jordan White. White was found dead behind an apartment off Dawson in Forrest City Thursday morning. Police say he confessed to the murder. Police say this is not gang related. pic.twitter.com/cozrit3X4j— SCOTT MADAUS (@scottmadaus) November 9, 2018
White's body was found outside an apartment complex Thursday morning off Dawson in Forrest City, Ark.
Buchanan was taken in for questioning and later confessed to his involvement in the crime, according to police.
He also told investigators that he was acting in self-defense and that the boy was trying to rape him.
BREAKING: Buchanan claimed that his 15 year old victim was trying to sexually assault him before the deadly confrontation. Buchanan is 29 years old. White was in 9th grade. pic.twitter.com/qL7iNahDCu— SCOTT MADAUS (@scottmadaus) November 9, 2018
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A search warrant was executed on the suspect's home, but police did not say what they found.
FOX13 was originally told White had an apparent gunshot wound to the head. However, police said during Friday's news conference that the boy had "blunt force trauma" to the head -- and an official cause of death would not be released until a report was done by the medical examiner.
I’ve confirmed 15 year old Jordan White is the murder victim from Forrest City. White was in the 9th grade pic.twitter.com/NbPbwYFJlo— SCOTT MADAUS (@scottmadaus) November 8, 2018
Police did not release many details about what happened before White's death.
They did say Buchanan lived at the apartment complex where the boy's body was found. The suspect allegedly moved their in January. It is unclear if they victim lived at the same complex.
FOX13 learned Christopher Buchanan applied to become a Forrest City police officer when he moved to the area. His application was denied because of his criminal history.
BREAKING: I just discovered murder suspect Christopher Buchanan applied to become a Forrest City Police Officer when he moved to the area earlier this year. He was denied based on his past criminal history. Buchanan confessed to murdering 15yo Jordan White Thursday night pic.twitter.com/Vv7K42GiYY— SCOTT MADAUS (@scottmadaus) November 9, 2018
Officials made sure to emphasize the killing was not gang-related.
FOX13 has learned the arraignment for Buchanan was moved to the jail -- rather than the courthouse -- because threats were made against his life.
Cameras will not be allowed inside.
BREAKING: Threats have been made against the suspect Christopher Buchanan so the 1pm arraignment will take place in jail, instead of the courtroom. We will not be allowed inside. Buchanan is charged with capital murder in the death of 15yo Jordan White pic.twitter.com/eOO8rstcIU— SCOTT MADAUS (@scottmadaus) November 9, 2018
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