$1 million bond for 2 accused in slaying; judge orders 3rd man released from jail

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Joshua Anderson

Bond was set at $1 million apiece for two of the three Carroll County men arrested last week in connection with a 2018 murder, while the third suspect was released on his own recognizance.

Charles Hanna

Joshua Anderson, Charles Ky Hanna and Jason Hartley Helm were arrested on Monday, Feb. 8, on charges of first-degree murder and animal cruelty. The arrests came on the three-year anniversary of the stabbing deaths of Christopher Alvard and his dog on Feb. 8, 2018, at Alvard’s home west of Eureka Springs.

Jason Helm

All three men appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on the day of the arrests, and Ramsey set bond for Hanna and Helm at $1 million each while ordering that Anderson be released on his own recognizance.

Ramsey ordered all three men to appear at 9 a.m. Monday, March 15, in Carroll County Circuit Court in Berryville.

A press release issued the day of the arrests by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office identified Helm, 35, as a resident of Holiday Island and both Anderson, 41, and Hanna, 32, as Berryville residents. Documents from the three men’s first judicial appearances list Green Forest addresses for both Anderson and Helm and a Berryville address for Hanna.

CCSO Chief Deputy Maj. Jerry Williams said Monday that Helm was still in custody in the Carroll County Detention Center while Hanna was being held at another facility.

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