Free again on house arrest: Accused killer has bond revoked

Thursday, July 8, 2021
Charles Hanna

A Berryville man who is charged with first-degree murder along with two other defendants in connection with a 2018 slaying near Eureka Springs had his bond revoked last month but was subsequently released on house arrest.

Charles Ky Hanna, 32, is one of three men charged in the stabbing death of Christopher Alvard, whose body was discovered by sheriff’s deputies inside his home near Eureka Springs on Feb. 8, 2018. Alvard’s dog also was stabbed to death, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Hanna was arrested on Feb. 8 — the three-year anniversary of Alvard’s death. Also arrested that day were Joshua Lloyd Anderson and Jason Hartley Helm. All three men were charged with first-degree murder and animal cruelty.

Hanna’s bond originally was set at $1 million after his first judicial appearance before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Feb. 8, but Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson issued an order April 23 to reduce the bond to $25,000.

Hanna was released from jail on May 6 after posting a cash bond, according to court documents.

On June 22, special prosecutor Jack McQuary filed a motion seeking to have Hanna’s bond revoked, writing that Hanna admitted to probation and parole officers that he had taken opiods while free on bond.

A warrant for Hanna’s arrest was issued the same day that McQuary’s motion was filed, and he was taken into custody that day.

At a June 28 hearing, Jackson ordered that Hanna be released on house arrest and required to wear an ankle monitor.

Anderson was released on his own recognizance after his first judicial appearance in February. Helm is serving time at the Arkansas Department of Corrections’ Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern on unrelated charges.

All three men are due in Carroll County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday, July 19, in Berryville.

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