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PC man facing 50-plus child pornography charges

Police still searching for leads in murder investigation by Tia Lyons | January 9, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.

A Union County man faces more than 50 counts of child pornography possession charges in an ongoing investigation by the El Dorado Police Department.

Within the past several days, Chris W. Husbands, 41, of Parkers Chapel, has been arrested twice and had two appearances in 35th Judicial District Court on two rounds of felony charges -- 13 counts each for a total of 52 -- for allegedly possessing child porn.

During first appearance hearings on Jan. 5 and Jan. 7 in district court, Husbands was issued and subsequently released on two cash or corporate surety bonds of $50,000 each.

He was initially arrested Dec. 28 for computer exploitation of a child, computer child pornography, transmitting/distributing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, and distribution, possession and viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

The Union County Sheriff's Office assisted with the arrest.

A bond hearing was held at some point following the arrest and Husbands was released from the Union County Jail.

He appeared in district court on Jan. 5 to face the charges stemming from the Dec. 28 arrest and was issued a $50,000 bond and a daily curfew of 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Following his first appearance in district court, Husbands was again taken into custody, this time on 12 counts each of the same charges that were levied during his initial arrest.

He was brought back before district court Judge Jack Barker on Jan. 7 on the second batch of charges.

Barker issued another $50,000, cash or corporate surety bond, maintained the daily curfew and ordered Husbands to wear a GPS ankle monitor at the defendant's own expense.

Husbands was also barred from possessing or using any devices with access to the Internet or Wi-Fi service.

Husbands was accompanied by his attorney, Gary McDonald, during his district court appearances. McDonald declined to comment on the case.

El Dorado police have released few details about the case, citing the ongoing investigation and saying that the probe into the matter is fluid.

Police also declined to answer questions about what sparked the investigation or how Husbands was developed as a suspect.

Homicide investigation

Police are still working to identify a suspect the murder of an El Dorado woman whose body was found inside her apartment last month.

Capt. Scott Harwell said a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock confirmed what investigators already knew: that the manner of death was homicide for 57-year-old Carolyn Richards.

Harwell said investigators are awaiting a full autopsy report to determine the cause of death.

Richards was found dead on the morning of Dec. 8 inside her residence at Haygood-Neal Garden Apartments, 1315 W. First St., Apt. 47.

At 7:53 a.m., officers responded to a report of a possible homicide at the residence and discovered a macabre and "brutal" crime scene.

Police have said a relative called 911, noting that the family had been unable to reach Richards and had gone to Richards's apartment to conduct a welfare check.

Harwell said it appeared that Richards had been dead for several hours and that she had last spoken to a relative by phone at approximately 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

Investigators have not yet established a motive for the homicide or firmly identified a suspect(s).

Harwell said investigators are hoping that a full medical examiner's report from the state crime lab will provide definitive details about Richards's injuries.

Additionally, the state crime lab is processing evidence that is expected to provide more details into what happened to Richards, he said.

"We're still working hard on it. We've got multiple items at the crime lab and we're waiting on the results. They're processing and once that process is complete, hopefully, we'll have more answers and a specific person that we're looking at," said Harwell.

"We've conducted multiple interviews at this point and we don't have a specific person. We don't have anything right now that leads us in a specific direction," he continued.

Anyone with any information about the case is encouraged to call El Dorado Police Department Criminal Investigative Division at 870-881-4810.

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