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Trial today for man accused in Greenbrier stabbing death

Posted: February 19, 2013 - 6:39am

A jury will hear opening arguments today in the trial for a man accused in the 2010 stabbing death of a Greenbrier woman.

Ronald Adrean Britton Jr., 35, of Beebe, is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of 26-year-old Michelle Asher of Greenbrier.

Asher was found dead in her backyard Aug. 14, 2010 with multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso. Britton was arrested later that day in El Paso.

The victim's family said she had been missing for about 24 hours when a family friend went to the residence and found her body lying in the yard.

Lt. Matt Rice with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office said detectives developed leads about Britton and his whereabouts through interviews with Asher’s family and other sources. Rice also said Asher and Britton had some sort of relationship, though he didn’t know if that relationship had ended at the time of Asher’s death.

According to court affidavits, Britton has been convicted of four or more felonies in the past and has been charged as a habitual offender.

Arguments will begin 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Faulkner County courthouse in 3rd Division Circuit Court, with Judge Charles E. Clawson Jr. presiding.

(Staff writer Megan Reynolds can be reached by email at megan.reynolds@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1276. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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