Realtor’s body found; suspect pleads not guilty

This undated photo provided by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office shows Beverly Carter. Authorities say Carter's body was found early Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in a shallow grave at a concrete company, about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, Ark. Carter had been missing since Thursday. (AP Photo/Courtesy Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man accused of abducting and killing a real estate agent in rural Arkansas has pleaded not guilty to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder.

Arron Michael Lewis appeared in court Tuesday. The office of Pulaski County District Judge Wayne Gruber said Lewis pleaded not guilty to one count each of capital murder, kidnapping and robbery, as well as four weapons charges.

The 33-year-old Lewis is being held on $1 million bail.

The body of Beverly Carter was found overnight in a shallow grave at a concrete company where, according to a newspaper report, Lewis formerly worked.

Carter had been missing since Thursday, when she told her husband she planned to show a home to a prospective buyer near Scott, near Little Rock.

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