Sheriff: Murder Suspect Sought Shelter in Church

| June 18, 2010

Wynne – Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith says the man believed to have killed an elderly woman in a church on June 6 had sought shelter in the building after his car broke down two days earlier.

Smith provided that information after a probable-cause hearing Wednesday at Wynne for. 34-year-old Rene Patrick Bourassa Jr. Bourassa faces charges of capital murder, aggravated robbery, commercial burglary, theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card in the death of 80-year-old Lillian Wilson of Wynne.

Bourassa was arrested Friday in Washington State.

Wilson's body was discovered by her pastor, Dixon Platt, in the Central United Methodist Church along U.S. 64 in the Hamlin community west of Wynne.

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