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Pocahontas man charged with two counts of capital murder; state seeks death penalty in killings of suspect’s grandparents

Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, announced today he has filed two counts of capital murder against Nicholaus David Patterson, 25, of Pocahontas.

Patterson is accused of killing his grandparents, Ricky and Rita Bozwell, on July 10, 2018 in their Pocahontas home.

Patterson’s mother reported her parents missing to local authorities on July 13. The bodies were discovered on July 14 in their home located at 409 Sue Lane. The bodies were found in a state of advanced decomposition and were sent to the State Crime Lab for autopsy.

The younger Patterson was questioned regarding his knowledge of the murders, and he confessed to the killings on that same day.

Nicholaus Patterson appeared today in Randolph County Circuit Court for his arraignment before Circuit Judge Harold S. Erwin. Patterson was represented by attorney Chris Nebben of Little Rock who entered a plea of not guilty on Patterson’s behalf.

Boyce announced to the court the state would seek the death penalty in the case. Erwin set the case for trial on Nov. 5, 2018.

Patterson remains in custody at the Randolph County Detention Center and is currently being held without bond.

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