'Markle Himself Wasn't Talking'

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Sep. 30, 2002 12:00 am  

Lamar James, who wrote the Arkansas Gazette's first articles on the crime, said he compiled a list of possible sources of information that, when printed out, stretched eight feet. He continued to contact names on the list for months afterward.

"It was the longest list of source numbers I ever compiled on a case I was covering, including the Gene Simmons and Alice McArthur cases," he said. "I don't recall anyone questioning Markle's involvement at the time."

Steve Nawojczyk, then the Pulaski County coroner, said Markle's connection to the billionaire Stephenses made police investigators hyper-aware that their work would be scrutinized.

"I remember it being a big conversation of the cops at the scene. They knew that this was what we called a red-ball case — which meant that your eyeballs would be red from working on it — so they were crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's," Nawojczyk said. "They investigated the heck out of it."



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