Killed – Dina Darden (Searcy, AR)

Dina Darden

(KATV) SEARCY – Minutes after finishing her shift at Big Lots in Searcy, 50 year old Dina Darden was shot in the parking lot. Police tell Channel Seven that the victim’s daughter is accused in the murder.

Thirty-three year old Alexandria Williams is charged with first degree murder. She reportedly did not make it easy for officers to arrest her.

The Town and Country Plaza in Searcy is busy with shoppers getting their Christmas list taken care of. Some customers at Big Lots say they had no idea a shooting happened in the parking lot hours earlier at about 12:05 a.m. Searcy police say the verbal confrontation happened between employee, Dina Darden and her daughter Alexandria Williams.

Corporal Steve Hernandez says, “From what we can tell, she was leaving work and there was some sort of argument between them. The daughter actually shot her mom in the parking lot and fled.”

Witnesses called 911 with a description of the suspect and pick-up she left in.

Darden was rushed across the street to White County Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Within minutes police spotted the pick-up and pursued the driver. They continued for a few miles into the county to C W Road. Corporal Hernandez says, “Arkansas State Police were able to get in front of her and throw spikes down to get her stopped. After speaking with her, it was determined she was the one that actually shot her mother. She is in jail currently on a $500,000 dollar bond.”

He says the women were seen getting along a day earlier. “Something took place between yesterday and today that caused her to go over the edge like that.” Corporal Hernandez says the latest domestic call they received involving the women was earlier this week but Darden, decided not to press charges against her daughter for harassment.

SEARCY, AR — Searcy Police have arrested a woman accused of killing her mother early Friday morning.


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