One wanted, several arrested after murder victim's body dumped in cemetery

(Listed from top left to bottom right) Jake Norwood, James Dean Keyser, John Walker, Melissa Wineland, Stephanie Shell and Steven Wood were already arrested in connection with the case. (Photos courtesy: Garland County Jail)

Hot Springs police continue searching for a suspect and making arrests connected to the murder of a 31-year-old man whose body was dumped in a local cemetery.

Cory Richardson's body was found by a man who was walking his dog in the Greenwood Cemetery on October 23.

A judge has issued a gag order in the homicide case, but an affidavit details Richardson's final moments and the seven people wanted in connection to his death.

According to an arrest affidavit, an autopsy from the State Crime Lab determined Richardson died from a gunshot wound and also suffered blunt force trauma to his head and a stab wound to his left thigh that was post-mortem.

The affidavit states a witness came forward alledging Richardson used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase meth from Steven Wood, but when the drug deal went wrong, he was pistol-whipped by Donald Williams and John Patrick Walker. Documents then state Richardson tried to run but was beaten by Wood, Walker, and Williams.

The affidavit shows a witness stated Richardson was shot, but before he lost consciousness, he repeated multiple times he was dying.

Police are currently searching for 55-year-old Williams for first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by certain persons in the case.

On Tuesday, Hot Springs police SWAT team arrested 42-year-old Walker at a home off Walnut Valley Rd. after receiving a tip from the U.S. Marshal's Service on his location. Walker was booked for first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by certain persons.

Five others were taken into custody back in October and November on charges related to Richardson's death. Those arrested include Wood, who was arrested on a first-degree murder charge, Stephanie Shell, who faces charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution. Melissa Wineland, Jake Norwood and James Keyser were arrested in November and charged with tampering with physical evidence.

To read the affidavit, scroll below or click here.

Anyone with information in the ongoing investigation or on Williams' location is asked to contact the Hot Springs Police Department.

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