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Ashdown man faces two counts of negligent homicide

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Updated: April 5, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

Jesus Fraire-Rubio, 34, of De Queen and his 4-year-old son, Jayden Fraire, died as a result of injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident on U.S. Hwy 71 south of Wilton on February 9, 2018. Samuel Maroon, the driver of the second vehicle, faces two counts of negligent homicide.

Samuel E. Maroon, 52, of Ashdown, faces two counts of negligent homicide following a February 9, 2018, accident that killed a 34-year-old De Queen, Ark., man and his 4-year-old son.

According to an affidavit filed in the Little River County Circuit Clerk’s Office, at approximately 10:08 p.m. on February 9, 2018, Maroon was traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 71 south of Wilton when he crossed the center line and struck a 2011 Ford Focus driven by Jesus Fraire-Rubio, 34, of De Queen. Fraire-Rubio was pronounced dead at the scene by Little River County Coroner Roddy Smith.

Jayden Fraire, the 4-year-old son of Fraire-Rubio, along with three other passengers, was transported to hospitals in Texarkana. Jayden Fraire was pronounced dead at 2:11 a.m. February 10, 2018, by Dr. Marcus Smith at St. Michael’s in Texarkana.

Maroon’s blood was collected by Cpl. Chris Bussey with the Arkansas State Police while Trooper Ernesto Echevarria collected the blood of Fraire-Rubio. Echevarria submitted both sets of blood to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory for testing. According to the Arkansas Crime Lab reports, Maroon’s blood alcohol content was .202.

Maroon was arrested on March 19, 2018, and released on $50,000 bond.

Maroon appeared before 9th West Judicial Circuit Judge Tom Cooper on Tuesday, April 3, at the Little River County Courthouse. He entered a plea of not guilty. A pretrial date was set for July 17 and a trial date set for July 23.

Negligent homicide, a Class B felony, carries a punishment of 5-20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $15,000 or both a fine and imprisonment.