Arkansas woman charged in death of her child’s father

February 2, 2019

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — Investigators say an Arkansas woman has been charged in the fatal shooting of the father of her 3-year-old child and leaving the man’s body in a cemetery.

Crawford County jail records show 24-year-old Jessica Ann Howard of Van Buren was being held Saturday on a capital murder charge. Jail records do not list an attorney to speak for Howard, who’s charged in the death of 49-year-old Gabriel Ricardo Quispe of Fort Smith.

The victim’s body was found Wednesday at Dripping Springs Cemetery near the community of Uniontown. Howard was arrested later Wednesday.

Sheriff Ron Brown says authorities believe Howard lured Quispe into meeting her and allegedly tried to rob him amid a custody dispute. Quispe recently obtained partial custody of the child.

A visitor to the cemetery found Quispe’s body.