Santiago makes brief court appearance in Eureka Springs

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An 18-year-old Carroll County man accused of killing his autistic older brother appeared briefly in court Monday morning in Eureka Springs.

Joseph Ian Santiago was in the courtroom of the Carroll County Western District Courthouse in Eureka Springs or less than five minutes for a scheduled pretrial omnibus hearing.

Santiago’s attorney, public defender Robert “Beau” Allen, requested a 30-day continuance and Circuit Judge Scott Jackson granted the request, resetting the hearing for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville.

Santiago is charged with capital murder in the brutal slaying of Alex Santiago, 21, on Jan. 17. Investigators with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office say Joseph Santiago admitted to killing his brother with a baseball bat and sword inside the family’s mobile home in the Grandview area northwest of Berryville. He is also charged with attempted capital murder and arson in connection with a separate incident that also involved his brother. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

While most of the Carroll County Detention Center inmates who were scheduled to appear in court Monday were seated in the jury box while they waited for their respective cases to be called, Santiago was escorted into the courtroom just moments before his case was called.

After Jackson issued the continuance, Santiago was immediately led out of the courtroom. Wearing handcuffs and leg irons as well as a chain around his waist, he appeared to glance briefly at family members seated on the front row as he left the courtroom.

Santiago is charged as an adult although the slaying occurred less than a month before his 18th birthday.

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