2nd Little Rock murder of 2013, girl finds father murdered
(KATV) Little Rock - A 15-year old girl ran toa neighbor's home off West 18th Street pleading for help Sunday after she foundher father bleeding in the home. Police later confirmed he was shot. The man,38 year old Joseph McCardell died from his injuries. Police don't have asuspect.
Little Rock police areinvestigating this case as a homicide, and still trying to figure out thetimeline of the events.
Before 1 p.m. Sunday, thecoroner was called to 2018 West 18th Street. Neighbor, Keoshae Otey says, "Hewas a father of two. I only met his son. I have never seen his daughter. It'sgoing to be hard for them; I mean that's their father."
Otey says McCardellenjoyed having friends over for barbeques and outdoor games, but her thoughts are with the victim's daughterand the emotions she's going through. "It's shocking to find your father deadlike that."
Neighbors who were home Sundaytell Channel Seven they didn't hear gunshots, but McCardell's body, nowevidence will likely help explain the time of death. Even though his 2005 NissanTitan was missing from the scene that afternoon, people a few miles away at22nd and Scott noticed the car at 9 a.m.
Charles doesn't want togive his last name because no arrests have been made. He says, "I am new tothis city, I have been here about four days."
Charles says the truck wasparked by his, and he moved a few spots down because it looked suspicious. "Thedoor was open." He says it looked like someone got out in a hurry, itemsfrom inside were scattered on the ground.
After a few hours, the maintenanceworker called police. Charles points out, "They did their investigation for afew hours and had it all taped off."
Sgt. Cassandra Davis saysthe truck is now part of the investigation. "That vehicle was towed to ourcrime scene bay and it will be processed. We are ruling this as the yearssecond homicide."
At this time, police saythere was no forced entry to the home.
Family didn't want to comment on how the 15year old is coping. The Little Rock Police Department has a victim's servicesunit and they're offering their crisis counseling to her.