Fifty-eight-year-old John Leonard Mitchell of Hatfield made a special first appearance in Polk County District Court this morning and his bond was set at $1 million by Polk County District Judge Danny Thrailkill.
Mitchell is charged with first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a certain person and is currently in custody at the Polk County Detention Center.
Mitchell was arrested Wednesday afternoon after the body of 60-year-old Don Earl Smith of Hatfield was found.
According to a press release issued by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a dead body found on the Mountain Fork River along Polk Road 38, west of Hatfield a little before noon on Wednesday.
Deputies located Smith’s body in the rocks along the river and the subsequent investigation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Police evidence developed that led to Mitchell’s arrest.