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Funeral arrangements set for fallen Yell Co. deputy

The body of Lt. Kevin Mainhart, the Yell County Sheriff's Deputy killed in the line of duty Thursday, was escorted back home Friday from the state crime lab. (Graphic courtesy Yell County Sheriff's Department)

Lt. Kevin Mainhart, the Yell County Sheriff's Deputy killed in the line of duty Thursday, will be laid to rest early next week.

According to the Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle, the funeral service for Lt. Mainhart will be held Monday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Russellville Assembly of God Church, with visitation Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Cornwell Chapel.

The body of Lt. Kevin Mainhart was escorted back home Friday from the state crime lab.

A procession of law enforcement, including Arkansas State Police, Little Rock Police, and Yell County Sheriff's Department, accompanied the hearse as it left Little Rock just before 10:30 a.m.

Other law enforcement joined the procession as it made its way back to Yell County.

Mainhart was shot and killed Thursday morning during a traffic stop that police say was related to a domestic disturbance call at a home to which he was already en route. The bodies of two other people were later found at the home, where the suspect was involved in a standoff with police for more than five hours. The suspect, 42-year-old James Arthur Bowden, is charged with three counts of capital murder.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has ordered the flag of the State of Arkansas to be lowered to half-staff in tribute to Mainhart. The flag will be flown at half-staff from May 12 to the day of interment.

Hutchinson released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Lt. Mainhart:

Tonight, we send our deepest sympathies to the family of Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart of the Yell County Sheriff’s Department, who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier today. Lieutenant Mainhart’s 25-year career in law enforcement in West Memphis and Yell County made Arkansas a safer place. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with the Mainhart family and all those who put their own lives in danger to serve and protect.



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