• Dennis McCaslin

Pair charged with Capital Murder in weekend death of Pea Ridge police officer Kevin Apple

A Pine Bluff woman and a Bella Vista man are behind bars at the Benton County Detention Center after they were arrested shortly after the death of Pea Ridge police officer Kevin Apple on Saturday.

Shawna Ray Cash, 23, and Elijah Michael Andazola, 21, face a number of charges after the vehicle they were in ran over and killed Apple Saturday at a Pea Ridge convenience store. The pair were suspects in a Rogers property theft and ran over Apple as he attempted to confront them at the White Oak Station at 139 N Curtis Avenue in Pea Ridge.

Cash, who was behind the wheel of the vehicle, faces Capital Murder or Attempted Capital Murder and Aggravated Assault charges along with six other charges including Driving With Suspended or Revoked License, Reckless Driving, Felony Fleeing-Vehicle, Flight Escape (Fleeing on Foot), Criminal Mischief and Improper Use of Registration.

Andazola was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the incident and is charged with Refusal to Submit to Arrest and Flight-Escape (Fleeing on Foot.)

Both suspects have criminal histories, but Cash in particular owns a massive rap sheet and research reveals an alarming number of felonies in the past few years. Starting with an arrest for being in possession of a stolen pick-up in May of 2018, Cash has faced interactions with the court system to the tune of a dozen felonies.

Included in that mix were arrests and convictions for Possession of Controlled Substances, Theft by Receiving, Property Theft, Residential Burglary, Credit Card Fraud and Failure to Appear along with at least four parole Revocations.

According to Arkansas Court C0nnect, Cash currently has five felony cases pending on the docket. with four being in Washington County and the other in Benton County. In addition, she was already on probation for a 2019 arrest and conviction for Residential Burglary for which she only served 127 days a in jail.

In fact, between probation and supervised probation on EVERY conviction to date, Cash has served less than 215 days jail time, all in local jail facilities.

In November 2018 a then 20-year-old Cash penned a letter to Benton County Circuit Court apologizing for missing court because she was incarcerated in the Washington County jail. In that letter she outlined her "clean and sober" plans for the future:

So much for the effectiveness of AA and NA meetings, at least in this situation.

Andazola is a rookie by comparison, He currently has one open case for Possession of Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia pending in Benton County 19th West Circuit Court Division 1 in addition to his new charges,

Both suspects remain in custody on a no-bond hold as of midnight Sunday night.

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