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Murder suspect arrested in LR

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published April 23, 2012 at 7:24 a.m. Updated April 23, 2012 at 12:23 p.m.

— A 26-year-old Little Rock man arrested in the murder of a local hairdresser admitted to police that he bound the victim and set his vehicle on fire, prosecutors said Monday.

Stephen Andrew Shaw was arrested around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, less than a day after crews responded to a fire at 27 Point West Circle and found the body of 41-year-old Wesley Burris in a burning sport utility vehicle in the garage. Burris, a hair dresser at Salon Corde who lived at the home, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shaw appeared Monday morning by video in Little Rock District Court. District Judge Alice Lightle entered a not guilty plea for him and ordered him held without bond.

Prosecutors said during the hearing that Shaw spoke with authorities after his arrest, admitting to taping up Burris, stealing items from the residence and setting the vehicle on fire. It wasn't immediately known if Burris died in the fire or from injuries sustained beforehand.

Shaw, who appeared from the Pulaski County jail, did not speak during the hearing.

Police records show Shaw was arrested at 12th Street and University Avenue. He faces charges of capital murder, arson, aggravated robbery and theft of property.

A second suspect, identified as 26-year-old Antonio Suggs, was charged with a single count of theft by receiving because he was found to be in possession of unspecified evidence in the crime, police said. Authorities had earlier indicated that items such as televisions and computers were missing from the residence.

Hastings said he couldn't release additional details on the case, but said Burris and Shaw knew each other.

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NickieD says... April 23, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.

Now here is a guy who already admitted that he did the crime and then pleaded not guilty.
So this self admitted, scum sucking murderer is going to waste more tax payers dollars.
There ought to be an additional penalty for pleading not guilty after admitting the crime, if you are found guilty.

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opedie says... April 23, 2012 at 3:25 p.m.

There is a special place in hell for people like this. Hope he gets there sooner rather than later.

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Populist says... April 23, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.

This guy deserves the death penalty and very well may get it. His lawyer pled not guilty in the hopes of having him get life in prison. What a scumbag! While it would be nice to give him an additional penalty for pleading not guilty, it would not be constitutional.

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Jfish says... April 23, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.

Will this be prosecuted as a hate crime?

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TuckerMax says... April 23, 2012 at 9:27 p.m.

Pay attention: He didn't plead not guilty. "District Judge Alice Lightle entered a not guilty plea for him and ordered him held without bond." What if he's crazy? Besides, district judges have no jurisdiction to take a guilty plea.

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amberjack says... April 24, 2012 at 9:18 a.m.

Methbilly scum that should be put to death, too bad our judicial system has no gonads, hope his parents are proud

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thebright1 says... May 1, 2012 at 1:13 p.m.

Stephen is a friend. He does not know his parents because they gave him away when he was 8. There is a lot more to this sad story that will come out in the trial, he is not a monster. My grandfather was robbed and mudered, so I know what the victim's family is going through, but this time I know the suspect. Don't judge this until you know the whole story.

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RoyDaMercer says... May 1, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.

If he indeed set the car on fire while he was still alive then he is a monster.

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