A Morrilton teen, accused of hindering the apprehension of a capital murder suspect, now faces a capital murder charge herself.
Faulkner County prosecutors filed the additional charge against Sierra Cook, 18, in Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.
The charges stem from a Father’s Day double shooting at the Motel 6 in Conway, which left 23-year-old Quenton Alexander dead.
In addition to the capital murder charge, prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Cook’s bond, which was approved by Faulkner County Judge Mike Maggio at Cook’s pretrial hearing Wednesday. Cook was previously held on a $250,000 bond.
“Based on the severity of the new charge, the state requests that the defendant’s bond be changed to no bond,” the prosecution’s motion states. “Such a bond is common for the charge of capital murder.”
Cook is currently represented by two attorneys, including Frank Shaw, however, her case could be moving to public defenders. A decision is expected at Cook’s next pretrial hearing Oct. 7.
Cook’s defense filed a motion in August to have the teen’s bond reduced. Shaw had argued that his client was “extremely high” for hindering, a class B felony.
The defense’s request for a bond reduction was denied by Maggio.
Testimony from Conway police Sgt. Tracy McDermott, called by the prosecution at Cook’s bond reduction hearing, revealed certain details of the case and Cook’s alleged involvement in the motel shooting.
McDermott testified that Cook admitted, while being questioned by police, to driving 27-year-old Lee Foster, also charged with capital murder, to a location near the Motel 6, at 1105 Skyline Drive, after the two were involved in an altercation with Alexander in the hours before.
McDermott said Cook told police she was unsure of Foster’s intentions while traveling from Morrilton to the Conway motel, but knew Foster’s plan was to kill Alexander when he gave her specific instructions on where and how to park the vehicle.
Cook told police she did not leave because she believed she was “too deep into it to leave,” McDermott testified.
Cook also admitted to being present when Foster burned a set of clothes some time after Alexander’s murder, although she was not involved in the act, McDermott told the court.
Cook was initially arrested June 20 with Foster, also of Morrilton.
In addition to capital murder, Foster has been charged with first-degree battery, possession of a firearm by a certain person and aggravated assault.
Foster is next in court Oct. 30.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Troy Braswell has told the court the prosecution intends to have made its decision on whether or not it will seek the death penalty at Foster’s next hearing.
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