Police offer details on fatal stabbing
Suspect in custody in death of West Memphis man
By JOHN RECH
West Memphis police ran to the 2900 block of White Street, Saturday evening, November 7 and found an unresponsive man, Richard Porter, age 62, laying on the floor of his home. Once inside the residence, patrol officers saw Porter had a puncture wound to his upper chest. Police Captain Troy Galtelli provided the official recap of the case much ballyhooed from unofficial sources in social media. West Memphis police made a first degree murder arrest.
“The victim was pronounced deceased on scene by Crittenden County Coroner,” said Galtelli. “Officers advised that there were no signs of forced entry into the residence and there were no other persons in the residence once they entered and cleared the scene. Detectives with the West Memphis Police Department continued to investigate the incident.”
The prime suspect in the stabbing death, Amber Brown, age 34, was in custody regarding two unrelated incidents. According to unofficial reports the two were a couple despite their nearly 30 year age difference. Detectives questioned her on November 11 about the stabbing.
“After Detectives spoke with Amber Brown, reviewed evidence gathered by patrol officers on scene and reviewed witnesses’ statements they arrested her for murder in the first degree in that case and faced charges in another case ofaggravated robbery and domestic battering. She was then transported to Crittenden County Detention Facility.”
The stabbing death marred the city with a second straight weekend of violence. The weekend prior included Halloween night with six separate reported shots fired calls, three wounded and vehicles and residences strafed with gunfire on the east and west dies of the city.
Porter’s murder triggered another knife wielding argument at the house the following Wednesday. Police arrested a man that relatives said got into an argument with his brother about who owned the home where Porter was killed.