Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has announced that Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner has charged Brian Bliss Travis, age 37 of Mena, with four counts of Capitol Murder following a quadruple homicide investigation in the deaths of 2-year old Acelynn Wester, 9-year old Reilly Scarbrough, their mother, 43-year old Bethany Wester, and her uncle, 66-year old Steven Payne.
The case is still and ongoing investigation and no more details are expected to be released at this time. The family of the victims has requested privacy in the matter.
Polk County Circuit Court Judge Jerry Ryan has ordered that Travis be held without bond and issued a Protective Order in the case, prohibiting any party from making extrajudicial statements.
Travis was also arraigned on charges unrelated to the homicide investigation including, Furnishing, Possession, or Using Prohibited Articles.
As stated in the press release, the charges are merely an accusation and under the Constitution, the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
A benefit account has been established at Union Bank of Mena to assist the Scarbrough family with the funeral expenses.