PEA RIDGE, Ark. — A man charged with capital murder in the death of Pea Ridge Officer Kevin Apple has been denied bond, according to a press release from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, June 28, 2021.
Elija Andazola Sr., 18, of Bella Vista, will be held without bond on a capital murder charge, Judge Robin Green ruled in the Benton County District 1 Circuit Court.
An arraignment date for Andazola is set for August 2, 2021 at 8 a.m. in Benton County Circuit Court Division 2.
Shawna Cash, 22, of Pine Bluff, also charged in Apple’s death. Judge Brad Karren ruled in the Benton County District 2 Circuit Court that Shawna Cash, 22, of Pine Bluff, will be held without bond on a capital murder charge.
A court date is set for July 26 for prior misdemeanors that Cash was involved in. An arraignment hearing is set for August 2.
Apple, a 23-year veteran of law enforcement who served with the Pea Ridge Police Department for three years, was killed on Saturday at a local gas station. The Rogers Police Department had sent a BOLO regarding the vehicle, suspects in a property theft. As the pair was being approached by officers at a Pea Ridge gas station they drove off, striking a police cruiser and running over Ofc. Kevin Apple.
SLIDESHOW: AFTER APPLE WAS KILLED SATURDAY THE CITY OF PEA RIDGE FIREWORKS WERE CANCELLED AND THE COMMUNITY HELD A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL.
Andazola and Cash were arrested after a subsequent police pursuit in Bella Vista.
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