LITTLE ROCK, AR – Investigators in Baxter County believe a woman was beaten to death by her boyfriend with a claw hammer and a knife.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Lisa Kay Smith was found unconscious and bleeding in her Salesville home Monday night. Smith was taken to Baxter Regional and then to Mercy Hospital in Springfiled, MO, where she later died.
David Craig Smith, 53, was arrested a short time after the woman was found. The sheriff’s office says he was found hiding in the yard of a neighbor’s home. David and Lisa lived together and are believed to be in a relationship. He is charged with capitol murder with aggravating, cruel, and unusual circumstances.
Smith’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the exact cause and manner of death.