Boyfriend arrested in death of Arkansas woman had received prior no-contact order, documents say
A 53-year-old man faces a first degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend in Hensley, authorities have said.
Karen McFarland, 47, was reported missing Thursday by a friend and colleague, according to a press release from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.
An assistant who responded to his home on Rebar Drive noted that his car was not there and no one opened the door, the statement said. Attempts to call her phone went directly to voicemail, authorities said. An alert was issued for McFarland and she was entered into the agency’s system as a missing person, the statement said.
Authorities said McFarland’s body was later found on his property.
McFarland’s boyfriend Lonnie Crigger, 53, was found in his car on Saturday and arrested for possession of a firearm, the statement said. After further investigation, Crigger was charged with the murder of the woman, MPs said.
Crigger was held in the Saline County Jail, where he remained on Tuesday in lieu of $ 2 million bail, according to the inmate list. He faces charges of first degree murder, possession of firearms by certain persons and robbery.
According to court records, Crigger pleaded nolo to a first-degree terrorist threat charge in 2020 and was sentenced to five years probation. A criminal fact sheet in the case accuses the man of threatening McFarland and his colleagues.
In April 2020, Crigger went to McFarland’s, knocked on the door trying to enter, and cut all four of his tires, according to the document.
At the time, McFarland pursued charges of terrorist threats because “she was afraid he would continue to try to harm her,” court records show.
The terms of his probation did not include any contact with McFarland and the completion of anger management course, according to court documents. He was also prohibited from owning firearms, according to records.
McFarland’s body has been sent to the state crime lab to determine the cause and mode of his death, according to the statement from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.