Police make second arrest in Little Rock triple homicide

Police make second arrest in Little Rock triple homicide

Little Rock police say they've made a second arrest in connection to the murder of a mother and her two young children last month.

Police have secured three capital murder warrants for 26-year-old Michael Collins, the brother of 21-year-old William Alexander, who was arrested earlier this week.

Police say the brothers are involved in the killings of 24-year-old Mariah Cunningham, 5-year-old Alayah Fisher and 3-year-old Elijah Fisher in their Rosewood Apt. home on December 5th.

“We will admit that the suspect Michael Collins knew the victim and with regards to Collins and Alexander, they are brothers,” said Capt. Russell King the Little Rock Police Department’s Major Crimes Division.

Collins was arrested in Chicago and is in federal custody in Oklahoma in connection with a probation violation. He’s currently awaiting extradition back to Arkansas.

“It was discovered Mr. Collins on or about the date of the incident had left the state of Arkansas and traveled to Chicago,” said King.

Police have not released the exact motive in the killings but on Friday they described it as domestic situation.

“This really puts an accent point on the issue of domestic related violence that we have seen continually as a problem in our community,” said Mayor Mark Stodola.

In the meantime, over the phone on Friday, Derykka Miller, a family member of Mariah Cunningham, told KATV Collins was living with her and her children and was a friend of Cunningham’s boyfriend, who is currently incarcerated.

Miller says Cunningham told Collins he needed to move out of the apartment on December 5th, the same day Cunningham and her children were found dead.

Little Rock Police say although the investigation is open and ongoing, they believe they have all suspects involved in custody.

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