BY MELANIE BUCK –
Quadruple homicide suspect Brian Travis, who has been held in the Polk County Detention Center since being apprehended on April 26, 2017, has been moved to the Arkansas Department of Corrections, where he will remain until his trial begins.
Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer explained that Travis was on parole when arrested for drug charges, before being charged with 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 drug arrest violated his parole conditions, as do the capital murder charges he faces. As such, his parole was revoked, making him an inmate of the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC). Travis was transported to ADC early on Monday morning, May 22, 2017. Sawyer said Travis will be transported to and from ADC on the dates he needs to appear in Polk County Circuit Court, but he felt it would “be better to have him in prison instead of Polk County.”
Travis’ first hearing in the quadruple murder case is set for July. His trial date is set for September 2017, however, as with most cases, especially Capital cases, those dates tend to change when motions are filed and continuances are sought. Many times, Sawyer said, trials of this nature don’t begin for several months following the initial arrest.
As a note, the charges in this article are merely an accusation and under the Constitution, the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.