Phillips County murder suspect arrested

A Phillips County fugitive wanted on a murder charge is in custody following an overnight operation involving Arkansas State Police Troopers and Special Agents, U.S. Marshals and Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies.

David Coley, Jr., 30, of Helena-West Helena, was arrested without incident about 10:45 PM (June 15th). He was located inside an abandoned bus at 3323 Lee Road, southeast of Marianna, and transported to the Phillips County Detention Center at Helena-West Helena.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division began developing leads earlier this week that led them into Lee County yesterday, a release said.

Coley is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the May 19, 2021 homicide of Paul Eric Amos.

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