NEWPORT, Ark- Quake Lewellyn appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court today for the first-time regarding charges related to the death of Sydney Sutherland.
Sutherland was last seen jogging along County Road 41 last Wednesday afternoon; Lewellyn is being charged with capital murder, rape, and kidnapping. He is now being held without bond.
“That is the best result the state can get, is to hang on to this man until we can try him,” says prosecutor Henry Boyce who is assigned to the case.
Lewellyn did not speak or enter a plea today in court.
He was arrested Friday night by the sheriff’s department after admitting to killing Sutherland during an interview with the Arkansas State Police.
Lewellyn said he drove pasted Sutherland jogging along County Road 41.
Lewellyn turned around and kidnapped her.
Lewellyn drove Sutherland three miles down the road to farmland.
He then sexually assaulted and buried her body.
The search for Sutherland went on for three days until her body was found Friday.
Boyce says while they do have Lewellyn, there are still many unanswered questions in the case.
“We haven’t even had the opportunity to review all of the evidence yet. The crime lab autopsy results have not come back,” says Boyce. “So, the cause and manner of death are not even confirmed yet. So, a lot of unanswered questions… that have to be answered before we can calculate how we can proceed with the actual charging decision and then move on to trial the case.”
Boyce says Lewellyn is currently not under investigation for any other crimes.
His family is also not suspected to be involved in this case.
Boyce says he also knows both the Lewellyn and Sutherland families but, he says it will not affect his judgement.
Lewellyn sat in viewing distance from Sutherland’s emotional family today in court.
With charges including capital murder filing soon, Boyce says it’s too early to mention the death penalty.
“I think it is premature to talk about the death penalty,” says Boyce. “Obviously, with capital murder, there are two punishments, life in prison and death.”
Sheriff David Lucas did tell us that Lewellyn is not being transferred back to the Jackson County Jail.
Instead, he is being moved to the Randolph county jail for his protection and personal safety. He will be back in court again on October 1st.