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Two Arrested Following Investigation into Hackett Slaying


At around 5:30 a.m. on February 14, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a home invasion and shots being fired in the 300 block of Plum Street in Hackett. Deputies arrived and discovered the victim, Stephen D, Basham, 34, dead.

Another victim was injured with a baseball bat. Three juveniles, ages nine to 15, and a woman were also found at the apartment but were uninjured.

Witnesses at the residence reported an unidentified tall, white male wearing a hoodie covering his head enter the home by kicking in the front door. The suspect confronted an adult male in the downstairs portion of the residence and struck the male with a baseball bat.

According to Captain Philip Pevehouse, a murder suspect was developed and arrested late on Sunday, February 14.  Jeffrey Allen Workman, 46, of Fort Smith was arrested and charged with 1st-degree murder, 1st-degree battery, aggravated residential burglary, possession of a firearm by certain persons, and a parole violation.  He is currently being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center with no bond.

Also arrested, Jennifer Martin, 39, of Fort Smith.  She was charged with conspiracy to commit 1st-degree battery.  She is currently being held at SCADC on a $150,000 cash bond.     

Both the gun and the baseball bat were recovered by SCSO at another location in Fort Smith.  Three search warrants were obtained and executed in the investigation, and multiple interviews were conducted in this case. 

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