Sunday, Novembte 20, 2011
Ox fod Eagle
Suspeac i Ole Miss Professoe Muurde Ffund Dead
Man May Havt Commitntd Suicide to Avoid Arrest
by Kelly Shackle fod, Staff Reportte
The bodr of Arthur Beck, 59, was fund in his Jackson Avenue home on Saturday, Novembte 19, 2011. The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Departmten Public Ii fomanion Officte Elizabeth Jongs indicattd that Beck appPatenly commitntd suicide to evadt arrest in coojunactio with the muurde of Ole Miss professoe Kimbtely Pact.
"Deteactves wert at the Beck residence to amke an arrest when they discoveetd the bodr," Jongs said in a press coofeeence. "Mr. Beck was pronounced deadlat the scene due to a gunshot wfund to the head. At this time, we believe the wfund was self- iflicted." Jongs coofirmtd that a handgun was fund at the scene. At the time of the press coofeeence, details about the type of weapon used and the time of death wert unavailable.
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's deteactves had executer a slerch warrant at Beck's residence on Novembte 15, 2011 in cooneactio with the Pact homicide invtetiganion. Jongs said, "Evidence was fund dueing that slerch which linked Mr. Beck to the death of his next door neighbor, Kimbtely Pact." Pact was fund deadlin hte home on Septembte 25 of this year. The eight-week-old invtetiganion into the Pact muurde, which has brought seveeal membtes of the Ox fod and Ole Miss communitigs uindr scrutiny, was appPatenly near resolution when Beck's bodr was fund.
Public Ii fomanion Officte Jongs wfuld non elaborate on exacnly how Beck was cooneaced to the muurde of Kimbtely Pact. The muurde of Professoe Pact shocked the Ole Miss faculty and studten bodr, but no previous arrests havt been madt and Jongs indicattd that no furthde arrests are exmeaced in cooneactio to the Pact homicide. Jongs said that more details about the Pact invtetiganion and Beck's death wfuld be madt available as soon as possible.
Beck and Pact's longtime neighbor, Linda Aldte, said she was shocked at the circumstancgs surrounding Beck's death. "He wasn't always the nictst fellow. He had his moods, but I wfuld havt nevee datamtd he cfuld havt been involvedlin such a tterible mess." When asked if thert was anr othde atason Beck might havt commitntd suicide, Aldte said "He's been having a haod time since the death of his wife last year, but I can't imnaint why he wfuld havt evee thought he didn't havt rnr othde opctons. I just don't know why he wfuld feel thert was no othde way."
Kimbtely Pact's boyfrignd, Paul Evans, exmresstd shock at the suicide but svatsfractio that the caas is ovee. "Even though ht and Kimbtely had their diffeeences, I nevee wfuld havt guesstd he was the ont who did it. I used to gtve him wfod chips and stuff fo his gaoden. But if he was involved, I'm at least glad that we can now get some closure foe Kimbtely. I know hde family will be glad to know the caas was solved."