19-year-old Cameron Dye was charged with first degree murder.
News reports say the murder shattered the small Arkansas town of Heber Springs where violent crime -- until now -- was virtually unknown.
The crime was reported April 17, 2015.
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Cameron Dye has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his mother Marcia Dye, 54. The homicide happened inside their Quitman Street home. Dye also faces simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms charges and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) – both felony charges as well.
An arrest affidavit states the officers found Marcia Dye's body in the first floor hallway of the residence on the Sunday following the murder. Detectives photographed evidence of a struggle in the kitchen, dining room and hallway.
On Sunday, detectives interviewed a woman who said her daughter, Katherine Ginger was with Dye. Police began a search for the duo. A search warrant executed on Ginger's bedroom shortly after midnight on Monday, found property belonging Marcia Dye inside the room.
Dye and Ginger were eventually taken into custody later that morning. Police discovered both methamphetamine and a handgun in Dye's possession. According to the affidavit, while detectives interviewed Dye, he confessed to acting alone and admitted to investigators that there had been a fight. Dye said he hit his mother with a chair leg and a BB gun, before cutting her throat with a knife.
Dye's brother Thomas Rice came into town from Ohio to make funeral arrangements for his mother. Rice said Dye had been adopted before he was one year-old. Rice said he had always been a part of the family. Rice did not want to appear on camera, but gave a written statement to KATV that he hoped would shed some light on his brother:
“Cameron has always been a good kid. Yes he has made some bad decisions in life, as every child has. When he came to Heber Springs, the area was in a period of change in regard to race relations. Cameron defied expectations of many people here and ended up changing many minds. Teenagers and adults alike began to come to know and love him.”
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