Affadavit: Suspect confirmed involvement in 2018 Alvard slaying

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Joshua Anderson

One of the three men arrested earlier this year in the 2018 murder of Christopher Alvard in his home near Eureka Springs confirmed to investigators that all three were involved in Alvard’s death, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Charles Hanna

Joshua Lloyd Anderson, Charles Ky Hanna and Jason Hartley Helm, all of Berryville, were arrested on Feb. 8 — the three-year anniversary of Alvard’s slaying.

Jason Helm

Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson had ordered court documents in the case sealed, but rescinded that order on March 25.

According to a probable-cause affidavit written by special agent Dale Bailey of the Arkansas State Police, family members became concerned when they couldn’t contact Alvard. Alvard’s mother went to his home on County Road 116 and discovered the front door had been kicked in and there was a large amount of blood on the front porch, the affidavit says.

Deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene and discovered Alvard’s body in the doorway of the master bedroom, the affidavit says.

Alvard’s dog was also found dead inside the residence and appeared to have been stabbed multiple times, according to the affidavit.

An autopsy later determined that Alvard died as the result of multiple stab wounds, the affidavit says.

The sheriff’s office requested assistance from the Arkansas State Police, the affidavit says, and the names of Anderson, Hanna and Helm “kept coming up as being involved” in Alvard’s death.

“Based upon the three names, attempts were made to interview all three,” the affidavit says. “One of the three informed investigators that all three were involved in the death of Christopher Alvard. He stated that they initially went to the Alvard residence to ‘rough up’ Alvard. He stated Alvard fought back to the point where at least two of the potential defendants used deadly physical forced armed with knives.”

Other witnesses overheard or witnessed Anderson, Hanna and Helm discussing their involvement or saw evidence corroborating their involvement in Alvard’s death, the affidavit says.

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 Anderson released on his own recognizance.

All three men later pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday, May 17, in Eureka Springs.

Hanna is being held in the Boone County Detention Center in Harrison, while Helm remains in custody in the Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville.

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