Mario Easter

Mario Easter is charged with capital murder in a Columbia County homicide.

Mario Danyell Easter, 39, has been formally charged with the August 6 shooting death of Stanley Levon Milner, 32.

Court papers also link Easter to a second Waldo homicide.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Phillips filed an information against Easter on Wednesday, charging him with capital murder and possession of firearms by certain persons.

The paperwork officially notifies Easter that capital murder carries a possible death sentence, or life in prison without parole.

“The defendant, with the premeditated and deliberated purpose of killing Stanley Milner, did in fact fire multiple shots from a handgun striking Stanley Milner multiple times in the victim’s head, thereby causing his death, near the area of North Locust and North Olive Streets in Waldo, Arkansas. The defendant had previously been convicted of a felony offense,” the document said.

At 11:57 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, Waldo Police Chief Reggie Ellis was notified of a body in the roadway on North Locust Street. Ellis found Milner in the street in the 700 block of North Locust.

An investigation identified Easter, of 283 Columbia Road 27 South, as a suspect.

Easter was located at the intersection of Boundary and West Monroe Street in Magnolia traveling east in a white 2007 Dodge Charger early Wednesday, August 7. Since Easter's arrest violated the terms of his probation on early charges, he has been remanded to state custody at the Arkansas Department of Correction North Central Unit in Calico Rock.

Booked into the county jail just prior to Easter’s arrest were three other persons charged with tampering with physical evidence. They were Roosevelt Easter, 60, Janice Maria Easter, 59, and Billie James McBride, 69.

Criminal informations filed in their cases said that McBride and the Easters removed and replaced seats and portions of the interior of a vehicle – a black-colored Chevrolet Colorado – that belonged to Mario Easter.

Investigators found blood splatter evidence inside the Chevrolet. They determined that the blood belonged to Wallace Turner Jr.

Turner, 39, was found deceased on Columbia Road 58 near Waldo on Sunday, January 27. Columbia County Central Dispatch received a 911 call about 9:30 a.m. regarding the body of a man on County Road 58, about a half-mile west of the Waldo City Limits. CR 58 is the extension of West Dempsey Road into the county.

The Sheriff's Office said in a statement at the time that Turner visited a Waldo convenience store shortly before he was killed and was seen leaving the store on foot, walking west. Turner lived near the location where he was killed.

Easter has not been formally charged with the Turner homicide.

McBride and Janice Easter remain in the Columbia County Justice and Detention Facility.

Roosevelt Easter, who was on probation for aggravated assault on a family member, saw his probation revoked. He is also held at the Arkansas Department of Correction North Central Unit in Calico Rock.

Mario Easter has a record of previous arrests in Columbia County, but nothing since September 2010. According to court records, he entered a plea of guilty to a charge of failure to appear. He received a 60-month suspended imposition of sentence.

Prior to that, he entered a guilty plea to the manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine, for which he also received a 60-month suspended imposition of sentence in 2009.

Previous charges of terroristic threatening, possession of a firearm by certain persons were not prosecuted. Easter was also found guilty of making and delivering meth in 1999, when he was 20.

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