Arkansas farmer to face trial in brutal rape, murder of jogger Sydney Sutherland

Arkansas farmer to face trial in brutal rape, murder of jogger Sydney Sutherland


An Arkansas farmer who confessed that he ran down a 25-year-old jogger with his pickup truck before raping her and dumping her body is fit to stand trial, according to a report.

Quake Lewellyn, who is charged in the brutal Aug. 19 slaying of Sydney Sutherland, will stand trial on capital murder, kidnapping and rape charges after a psychologist ruled him competent to face the charges, KLRT-TV reported.

“It is my opinion that at the time of the alleged conduct, Mr. Lewellyn did not manifest symptoms of a mental disease or mental defect,” forensic psychologist Lacey Willett said in a report filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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“Mr. Lewellyn currently possesses an adequate factual and rational undestanding of the proceedings against him, as well as the capacity to rationally assist in his own defense,” Willett wrote.

Lewellyn, a 28-year-old divorced farmer, allegedly ran over Sutherland as she jogged near her home in Jackson County, about 80 miles northeast of

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