Newport man charged with two counts of capital murder

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Rickey Don Crawford, Jr., 40, of Newport has been charged with two counts of capital murder, according to an announcement today from Henry Boyce, prosecuting attorney for the Third Judicial District. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Nov. 11, 2017 when Crawford’s wife, Amanda, was found dead in her home. Amanda Crawford’s unborn child also died.

“This is the first homicide involving a pregnant victim I have seen,” said Boyce. “The facts of this case are definitely heinous.”

Crawford is scheduled to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court tomorrow at 9 a.m.

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