Capital Murder charges officially filed, driver involved in death of Police Officer

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Female driver is 22, of Pine Bluff. Bentonville man, 18, was passenger.

Shawna Cash, 22, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Elijah Andazola, 18, of Bentonville, Arkansas. Courtesy Benton County Arkansas Sheriff’s office.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The two people accused of killing Pea Ridge police officer Kevin Apple have been formally charged in Benton County.

Shawna Cash, 22, from Pine Bluff, is accused of being the person who was driving the car and hit the officer. She faces the following charges, according to the Benton County Circuit Court documents filed on July 30:

  • Capital Murder
  • Aggravated Assault (2X)
  • First Degree Escape
  • Fleeing
  • Leaving Scene of personal Injury Accident
  • Criminal Mischief (2X)
  • Obstructing Governmental Operations (Misdemeanor)
  • Reckless Driving (Misdemeanor)
Shawna Cash, 22, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Bentonville resident Elijah Andazola, 18, who was the passenger in the car, is charged with:

  • Accomplice to capital murder
  • Escape
Benton County jail booking photo, Elijah Andazola. 6.2021.

On June 26, two officers tried to stop a car involved in a pursuit by Rogers police. The incident came to a halt at a gas station on the corner of Slack Street and S. Curtis Avenue in Pea Ridge — but only for a short time. The car tried to leave the scene and hit the Pea Ridge officer’s patrol vehicle — while doing so, the driver also ran over officer Apple, “dragged him under the car for approximately 149 feet through the gas station parking lot, over a curb, and almost to the intersection of Townsend Way and Slack Street where his body came to rest. He was pronounced dead at the scene,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Cash, and passenger Elijah Andazola, 18, were eventually arrested in Bella Vista. 

Cash’s arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., September 15 in Benton County Circuit Court Division 2 with Judge Brad Karren.

Cash has other open criminal cases in both Benton and Washington Counties, according to court documents. Most of her charges involve drugs and failure(s) to appear. 

Andazola’s arraignment has been reset for August 23, in Benton County Circuit Court Division 1 with Judge Robin Green. 

Currently, the case is being heard by two different judges because they both had prior charges in those courts.

Cash and Andazola are being held in the Benton County Jail on no bond holds after the filed pre-trial detention statement.

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