Trial for De Queen murder suspect rescheduled for July


De QUEEN, Ark. -- The trial for a man accused of fatally shooting one son and injuring another has been postponed until July, according to Sevier County court records.

Armando Arce, 66, of De Queen has a pretrial hearing June 22 and a trial date of July 26. He was scheduled for trial this month, but attorneys requested a continuance.

Arce has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

De Queen police officers were dispatched the night of Nov. 8, 2022, to 223 Bobby Lane in reference to a double shooting. Upon arrival, officers found Alexander Tom, 32, and John Tom, 34, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Both men were taken by ambulance to the hospital, but Alexander Tom died en route. The other was treated and released.

A manhunt for Arce began that evening, and he was apprehended the next day.

Arce remains in the Sevier County jail, with bail set at $1 million. He is represented by a public defender, according to court records.

If convicted, Arce could face up to 40 years or life in prison for the first-degree murder offense.

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