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Pair ordered held without bond after Pea Ridge officer's death

by Tracy Neal | June 28, 2021 at 1:55 p.m.
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BENTONVILLE — Local circuit judges ordered both people arrested in connection with the killing of a Pea Ridge police officer to be held without bond Monday.

Elijah Andazola, 18, of Bella Vista and Shawna Cash, 22, of Pine Bluff were arrested Saturday in connection with capital murder. Prosecutors have not filed any formal charges against the pair.

Judge Robin Green held a bond hearing Monday morning for Andazola and issued the no-bond order. The hearing was conducted via video conferencing, so Andazola remained at the jail instead of being in the courtroom. Andazola’s arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 2.

In a separate hearing, Judge Brad Karren ordered Cash be held without bond. Cash appeared in person in Karren's courtroom for the hearing. Her arraignment is set for July 26.

Karren also issued a gag order in Cash's case, meaning prosecutors, police and defense attorneys are prohibited from speaking publicly on the matter. Green did not issue such an order.

Cash and Andazola are accused of killing Pea Ridge police Officer Kevin Apple.

Apple and Officer Brian Stamps heard the call about 11:30 a.m. Saturday to be on the lookout for an older model blue Jeep fleeing from Rogers police. They saw the Jeep at the White Oak station about 12:09 p.m., according to Michael Lisenbee, a spokesman for the department.

They parked on either end of the Jeep, which was parked at the gas pumps and attempted to make contact with the occupants, Lisenbee said.

An altercation erupted, Lisenbee said. The Jeep rammed one of the Pea Ridge police vehicles, then drove over Apple and fled, he said. Stamps fired at the Jeep.

Cash and Andazola were arrested in Bella Vista. Both are being held in the Benton County Jail.

Some of Apple’s family members and Pea Ridge police officers were in court for Andazola’s bond hearing.

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