Two men wanted in Waco murder arrested in Arkansas

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Two men wanted for questioning in connection with a murder and a stolen vehicle in Waco have been arrested by police in Clinton, Arkansas.

Clinton police say the pair, described as being in their mid-twenties, was picked up Wednesday night at Murphy’s Gas Station in Clinton.

The two, identified as 21-year-old Casey Wade Hughes and 25-year-old Justice Allen Stanford, were taken into custody without incident.

The Van Buren County, Arkansas jail roster had them listed as being “held for other agency.” They were booked in at 10:57 p.m. on Wednesday.

Waco PD spokesman Garen Bynum said the arrests were in reference to a murder taking place April 1 in the 500 block of Carver Avenue. Police had been called to the area of Dallas and Carver Streets about 10:45 p.m. that night on a report of a “man down.”

When they arrived, they found a man lying in the street unresponsive with an apparent gunshot wound to his back. The man was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. 

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Preston Jerome Scott.

“I don’t understand. Like, he was a good person. And I don’t know what person would really want to do something like this to him,” says friend Paul White.

The local rapper, son, brother, and friend was loved by many. His friend and music partner says
people are misunderstood about who PJ was and why this happened.

“He really loved the world. He wanted to be here and he wanted to be big. A lot of people didn’t really understand. They didn’t really know that he was a good, funny person. He wanted a woman like he never had a stable girlfriend. He wanted to be loved. He wanted to have kids,” White says. 

White says he hopes this will bring closure.

“I just hope the detective, whoever he is in Waco, to get this case together. A lot of people want to know why. The world wants to know why,” White says.

Bynum said the investigation into the murder is still ongoing.

The two were stopped in Clinton, Arkansas after a police officer noticed one of the men acting nervous and suspiciously when he looked at them.

The officer said he was an at Exxon station fueling his patrol vehicle when he observed a black Honda CRV parked at the pump beside him. 

He said there was a man in the passenger seat and the driver was walking out of the store, noting that the driver looked at the officer, then put his head down and moved quickly to the driver’s seat without moving his arms and appearing to be very nervous.

The officer had the Van Buren County Sheriff dispatcher run the license plates as the vehicle pulled out of the Exxon station.

The report on the license plates indicated the car had been stolen out of Texas.

The officer found the vehicle at the fuel pumps at Murphy’s station where he made contact with the driver and detained him, with another officer detaining the passenger.

When they checked ID’s and determined who they were, the connection to the Waco case was discovered.

The two were taken to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office for questioning and initially held on charges of theft by receiving, driving on a suspended license, open container of alcohol and drinking on a highway.

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