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Sister says Arkansas slaying suspect battled mental illness


DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man charged in the shooting deaths of a sheriff's deputy and two other people has a history of mental illness, his sister said Friday.

James Arthur Bowden, 42, surrendered Thursday after a five-hour standoff at a house near Dardanelle where 61-year-old Rita Miller and 17-year-old Ciera Miller were found dead, the state police said. Investigators allege that he gunned down Yell County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart during a traffic stop early that morning near the home, which is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Little Rock.

Bowden's sister, Julie...

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