Man given $1 million bond in Christmas Day homicide, search continues for second suspect

Richard Gilliam, 33, faces charges of capital murder, attempted capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated residential burglary. (Photo courtesy: Lonoke County Sheriff's Office)

One suspect wanted in connection with a Christmas Day homicide has been given a $1 million bond.

According to Lonoke County records, Richard Gilliam, 33, was arrested Monday afternoon and appeared before a judge Wednesday in Lonoke County.

Lonoke authorities say he faces charges of capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary and attempted capital murder after a home invasion in Scott turned deadly. He is also one of two suspects wanted in the case.

Deputies say they were called to Johnson Rd. for a report of shots fired on Monday morning.

Once on scene, they found two individuals shot, and one of them, 49-year-old Arlin Wayne Nugent, was deceased.

Authorities then learned a female who was kidnapped at the residence was found in Little Rock near the banks of the Arkansas River.

Little Rock Police say they found the 42-year-old woman after receiving a 911 call from someone who heard the kidnapping victim screaming for help near River Mountain Drive. The victim told police she witnessed the shooting, was thrown off the I-430 bridge into the Arkansas River and then swam to shore, according to police reports. Police say while she was at the hospital getting treated, she told authorities Richard Gilliam was one of the men who kidnapped her.

The same day, Little Rock police, Arkansas State Police and Lonoke County deputies arrested Gilliam at an apartment on South Hills Circle in Little Rock.

The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office website shows Gilliam will be back in court in February.

In the meantime, the sheriff's office is still looking for a second suspect for questioning, but the suspect's name has not been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call 501-676-3000.

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