Pair facing Capital Murder charges in police officers death, both denied bond

Joplin News First

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, 18, BELLA VISTA, ARK.

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.

SHAWNA CASH, 22, PINE BLUFF, ARK.

A court date is set for July 26 for prior misdemeanors that Cash was involved in. An arraignment hearing is set for August 2.

OFC KEVIN APPLE WAS A 23-YEAR OFFICER. SERVING WITH FARMINGTON AND LOWELL BEFORE BEGINNING AT PEA RIDGE THREE YEARS AGO.

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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