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Arrest report: Suspect admitted abducting Ark. realtor

Beverly Carter

TVH11

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An arrest report says a man accused of killing a real estate agent two months ago admitted to deputies that he had abducted the woman.

An arrest report contradicts statements that Arron gave in a television interview, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Lewis, 33, confessed to kidnapping Carter shortly after his arrest Sept. 30 but "refused to provide us with her location," according to the arrest report. The sheriff's office later found Carter's body, bound with duct tape, in a shallow grave at a Cabot construction site where Lewis once worked.

"Suspect and victim telephone records were able to be traced" to locate her body, according to the report.

Lewis and his estranged wife Crystal Lowery, 41, are charged with kidnapping and capital murder and are being held pending a trial. Both have pleaded not guilty and are due in court Monday.

Carter disappeared Sept. 25 after calling her husband to say she intended to show a house to a client near Scott, a small town east of Little Rock. Prosecutors said Lewis had made an appointment with Carter.

Lewis is believed to have been the person to whom she was scheduled to show a home before she vanished, investigators said at a news conference in September.

Lewis had said in a TV interview that Carter went with him willingly.

A district judge sealed case records at the request of prosecutors, who said they want to keep information away from potential jurors.

But the arrest report was in a batch of documents transferred from district to circuit court Tuesday, in which no new information was included for the case against Lowery.

Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay said the arrest report is "basic information ... of some of the elements of the arrest."

"We are trying to adhere to the order of the court and not discuss the particulars of the case beyond the basic information that was a part of those arrest reports," he said.