Tennessee husband and wife face capital murder charges in death of Texarkana man

TEXARKANA, Arkansas — A Tennessee husband and wife have been charged with capital murder in the September shooting death of a Texarkana, Arkansas man.

Cornell Brown, 30, and Starlar Brown, 29, are both being held at Miller County Jail without bond. The couple are accused of killing Keith McFadden, 40, during a robbery last year, according to court records.

McFadden, of Texarkana, Texas, was found suffering from a gunshot wound in a yard on East 11th Street in Texarkana, Arkansas, and died shortly after discovery, according to earlier reports. Emergency calls about gunshots in the East 11th and California Streets area were received shortly before 9 p.m. on September 20 and brought Texarkana, Arkansas police to the scene.

A warrant was issued for Cornell Brown in early October.

The West Arkansas U.S. Marshals Task Force developed information that Cornell Brown was in Memphis, Tennessee, and contacted a U.S. Marshals Task Force in that area for assistance, according to a press release dated October 26. Cornell Brown was arrested on October 20, the Miller County Warrant by the U.S. Marshals’ Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force at a residence on Double Tree Street in Memphis.

Jail records show Cornell Brown was incarcerated in Miller County Jail on November 30 and Starlar Brown was arrested on February 2.

If convicted of capital murder, Cornell Brown and Starlar Brown face a death sentence or life without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors have made no announcement regarding whether the death penalty will be sought for either defendant.

Cornell Brown’s case is currently assigned to Circuit Judge Wren Autrey and Starlar Brown’s case is currently assigned to Circuit Judge Carlton Jones.

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