NLR man confesses to killing neighbor

(KATV) A North Little Rockwoman's body was found stabbed to death in her neighbor's apartment on Latona Lane. Officerswere called to the scene because that neighbor went to police and confessed saying quote, "I think I killed someone." Thisis the city's 9th homicide.

Neighbors were too upsetto talk on camera, but gave Channel Seven a glimpse into the past few weeks withtheir accounts.

Sgt. Brian Dedrick says, "It'snot very often that you have someone come into the detectives division." Tuesday,November 4 at about 9:30 a.m., 50 year old Jeffrey Averett drove his ex girlfriend's car to the police station, confessed to her murder and told policethey could find her at his apartment.

Back home when neighborssaw the coroner take a body bag out of Averett's apartment, they though hekilled himself. But because 50 year old Joann Sessler lives one door down, hermom realized she was missing and it was her in the body bag.

Sgt. Dedrick adds, "Shewas stabbed numerous times."

Neighbors say Jeffrey andJoann were friends and dated for a few months, but when they broke up, Jeffreyallegedly started stalking her and she would stay away from home to avoid him.

Neighbor, Maudie Clark isa friend of the former couple. She says Jeffrey told her quote, "If I can'thave her no one can." About a month ago Clark woke up to screaming andseconds later Joann was banging on her door asking for safety from Jeffrey. Sgt.Dedrick says police were called and gave her information on restraining andprotective orders but she didn't get one.

"He was charged withmurder one, first degree He was booked into the Pulaski County in-take centerafter giving us a taped statement."

Police still don't knowwhy the victim was in Jeffrey Averett's apartment, but his birthday was the daybefore the murder.

Even though it seems likea closed case, investigators have to follow protocol, collect evidence and sendit to the state crime lab. Just to give you one example of why, the suspectcould plead not guilty, get a trial date and all the processed evidence willhave to be used at trial.