GUILTY AR/TN - Man guilty of '96 killing of Martha McKay's mother drowns in chase after her murder

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  1. Boston Corbett

    Boston Corbett Well-Known Member

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    Nightmarish case involving the influential Snowden family:

    Woman found dead at Horseshoe Lake, where mother was killed 24 years earlier (Commercial Appeal)

    A man convicted in one of the most infamous murders in recent Mid-South history appears to have killed the daughter of one of his original victims, 24 years later.

    Martha McKay — a member of the influential Snowden family that once owned the Peabody hotel — was found dead late Wednesday morning at her home, the historic Snowden House at Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas.

    The suspect in the killing is Travis Santay Lewis, according to Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen. Lewis was 17 when he pleaded guilty to the 1996 Horseshoe Lake murders of McKay's mother, Sally Snowden McKay, and Sally McKay's nephew, Lee Baker, a popular Memphis blues/rock guitarist.

    Lewis, 39, had been paroled in 2018, according to Allen. He had been charged as an adult in connection with the 1996 murders.

    "Deputies today responded to an alarm at the historical Snowden House in Horseshoe Lake," Allen said. "Two deputies that arrived found an open back door and upon clearing the house located a possible suspect who jumped from an upstairs window and ran to a vehicle that he drove across the yard and got stuck in the yard.

    "The suspect then jumped from the car and ran and jumped into the lake. He was observed going under the water and never came back up."
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    Allen said the state medical examiner will determine the cause of death. Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, reported that deputies told them McKay — who was in her mid-60s — had been stabbed, while others said a hammer was the weapon.

    Built in 1919, the Snowden House is located several houses away from the Sally McKay home where McKay, 75, and Baker, 52, were found shot to death on Sept. 10, 1996.

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    Lewis — who lived at Horseshoe Lake and whose parents lived on Snowden-owned property — pleaded guilty to the two murders on April 7, 1998, the day his Circuit Court trial was about to begin in Marion, Arkansas. He was sentenced to 28 1/2 years. [much more at the link]

     
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  2. Boston Corbett

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    Might I just add, this story boggles the mind. One wonders about motive.
     
  3. LadyL

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    very bizarre!
     
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  5. Boston Corbett

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    I would suppose some sort of age-old grievance, though this could be a case of mental corrosion.
     
  6. Boston Corbett

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    Bumping this, as it's too good a tale to let sit. Also in hopes locals might chime in.
     
  7. MrRoboto

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    interesting side note, Mike Allen was heavily involved in the West Memphis 3 case.
     
  8. Boston Corbett

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    I'll shamelessly bump my own thread again as I'm hoping someone will tell me if they've ever heard anything quite like this - murder the parent, then decades later, almost next door, murder the child. (The nephew/cousin victim being a noteworthy Memphis personage in his own right gives the sad tale even more local color.) Add the murderer being a teenage neighbor and then a prison parolee and it gets stranger still. Anyone?
     
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    I find it odd that a man who was found guilty of triple murder in 1996 would be paroled in 2018. A life sentence without parole would have been more appropriate.
     
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    Double homicide, and the killer was 16 at the time of the crimes.
     
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