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KTHV: Mother, daughter of hostage were slain in Yell County

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KILLED IN YELL COUNTY: Ciera Miller and  Rita /Miller. - KARK/FOX 16
  • KARK/Fox 16
  • KILLED IN YELL COUNTY: Ciera Miller and Rita /Miller.

click to enlarge JAMES BOWDEN: Faces three murder charges. - KARK
  • KARK
  • JAMES BOWDEN: Faces three murder charges.
KTHV TV has filled in some details of the triple killing in Yell County that included the slaying of Yell County deputy Kevin Mainhart.

Channel 11 interviewed Haley McHam, who was held for five hours by James Bowden, her former boyfriend, after  the shooting of Mainhart during a traffic stop Thursday morning in rural Yell County.

Authorities subsequently discovered the bodies of Rita Miller, 61, and Ciera Miller, 17, at their home on Gum Springs Road. Bowden had apparently gone there looking for McHam. KTHV reports the victims were McHam's mother and daughter:

She told us it all started because she didn't want to date him anymore.

“He shot my mother four times and then my daughter once in the chest and he came in and told me it was my fault. He said if I had come home they would still be alive and that I was going to have to live with it,” she said.

She said she thought he was going to kill her but she held on to hope.

“I told him anything I could. I told him everything he wanted to hear, I told him I loved him and would come and see him. I told him anything that might work,” she said.

McHam was finally able to escape after she said Bowden took several pain pills, got drowsy, and then went to the garage to get some food. She said she let things go too far and now feels her family and friends have had to suffer.
KARK's coverage includes an interview with a relative of the victims. McHam communicated with relatives during her captivity, the report indicates. Bowden also talked to family during the standoff with police. He left the house without resistance about a half-hour after McHam walked out.

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