State Police arrest Madison County triple homicide, child abduction suspects

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The Arkansas State Police says they have arrested two individuals connected to a triple homicide and child abduction that took place in Madison County on Feb. 23.

Police say they have arrested 22-year-old Hunter Chenoweth of De Queen and a 25-year-old De Queen woman, who was arrested while kidnapping an infant less than a year old.

The arrest is the culmination of an investigation conducted by State Police in relation to the triple homicide and child abduction that occurred at 3487 County Road 6041, southwest of Huntsville in Madison County. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department asked the state police’s criminal investigation division to lead the investigation.

According to state police, at around 5:00 p.m., there was a call regarding three people found dead inside a residence at 3487 County Road 6041, southwest of Huntsville. The victims were identified as 51-year-old Tami Lynn Chenoweth, 59-year-old James Stanely McGhee, and 26-year-old Cheyene Chenoweth.

State Police conducted a statewide search for two particular vehicles, including a van.

State troopers found one of the vehicles abandoned in Faulkner County along Interstate 40 near Mayflower. Police say the truck was secured by troopers and taken back to State Police headquarters where special agents searched for evidence associated with the homicides and kidnapping.

At around 10:10 p.m., Highway Patrol troopers saw a van that matched the description of the second crime scene vehicle, and the vehicle was traveling westbound on Interstate 30 near Benton. State Police troopers initiated a traffic stop, and one of the passengers, Chenoweth, left the vehicle with a rifle and began verbally provoking the troopers. Police were able to sneak up behind Chenoweth and arrest him.

The infant was unharmed and later released to the state’s department of human services. The female driver has been questioned by state police and released.

Chenoweth is being held at the Saline County Detention Center while the homicide investigation continues. Charges associated with the homicides will be determined by the Madison County prosecuting attorney.