Affidavit: Sharp County suspect admits to 2 killings

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Affidavit: Sharp County suspect admits to 2 killings


A 24-year-old Sharp County man told police that he stabbed two women to death because they stole from him, and he tried to kill another woman because “he was tired of her talking,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Charles Paul Stovall of Cherokee Village is being held in the Sharp County jail on potential charges of capital murder. Formal charges hadn’t been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.

According to an affidavit filed in Sharp County Circuit Court, police received a 911 call on Oct. 19 when a friend found Hayleigh Gruger, 23, dead in her bedroom in Cherokee Village.

“Ms. Gruger had multiple stab wounds on her upper torso, drawings and burn marks on her body,” according to the affidavit from Sharp County Chief Deputy Aaron Presser and Special Agent Wendall Jines of the Arkansas State Police.

While police were investigating at that homicide scene, Sharp County dispatchers received a call regarding a stabbing near Highland. Responding officers found Deborah Compton, who had been stabbed multiple times while riding in a vehicle with Stovall, according to the affidavit. Compton was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Stovall was arrested shortly afterward.

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