Murder Suspect Fit For Trial

On Tuesday, Faulkner County Circuit Court Judge Troy Braswell ruled that 19-year old Tacori Mackrell, of Pine Bluff, is mentally fit to proceed to trial.

Mackrell and his cousin, 17-year old Robert Smith III, also of Pine Bluff, are charged with capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft of property in the July slaying of 72-year old Elvia Fragstein, of Wooster.

Authorities say the defendants kidnapped Fragstein outside a Conway shopping center.

She died from strangulation and blunt-force trauma.

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