Murder investigation

Fort Smith police are holding a woman of interest in a recent homicide.

FORT SMITH – A woman who was already facing a slew of felony charges after her June arrest is back behind bars, this time for being in the possession of a car belonging to longtime Northside educator Thomas DuBois.

The 72-year-old former teacher was found dead at his duplex on Greenwood Avenue on July 11, the same day Taylor Elkins, 21, was arrested on accusations of theft by receiving and hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Elkins was officially charged Tuesday morning with her crimes in Sebastian County Circuit Court.

An affidavit filed with the Sebastian County Prosecutor’s Office said that Elkins was stopped driving the 2014 Ford Focus along Armour Avenue, and said she had been given the vehicle by a while male. She would amend her story during questioning to say she had traded the car for sexual favors.

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