LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — A Garland County man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after he admitted he drove his girlfriend up a mountain, fatally stabbed her and stole her car.
Deadrick Garner pleaded guilty to Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery for the murder of Victoria “Tori” Lowry in Hot Spring County, according to a Monday release from Teresa Howell, Prosecuting Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District of Arkansas.
During his "emotionless" plea to the court, he admitted that around May 28 of 2020 he drove Lowry to the top of a mountain on Tower Road in Bismarck, stabbed her in the chest "and then watched her die on the mountain," according to the release. Evidence suggests that Garner wanted to end his relationship with Lowry.
After lowry died, Garner reportedly dragged her body to the edge of a clearing and left her. He then drove her car to a friend's house in Missouri where he attempted to hide his clothing. He was arrested in June of 2020 by Jonesboro Police Department while he was driving her car.
Lowry's family addressed Garner in court after his plea. Bob Lowry, Tori’s dad, reportedly told Garner his daughter's blood on the mountain cried out for justice. Bob said he visits Lowry's grave almost every day. Her mom said that her murder was "wicked, evil and vile."
Lowry's brother said he has nightmares of hearing his mother's screams when she learned her daughter had been killed. But, he said, Lowry will be remembered for generations, while Garner will soon become a number.
Garner was immediately removed from the courtroom to be transferred to the Arkansas Department of Corrections after the family spoke. Howell said on Monday that Garner is now inmate # 177556.