Top: Autumn Hartsfield; Bottom Left: Julie Hartsfield, Bottom Right: Dana Hill
The Pike County man accused of shooting and killing his wife, her mother and her niece in July of 2013 has accepted a plea deal that puts him in prison for life.
43-year-old Timothy Allen Hill was facing the death penalty if convicted. On Monday morning, Hill pleaded guilty to 3 counts of capital murder and was sentenced to 3 life sentences in prison without parole.
Hill’s estranged wife, 33-year-old Dana Hill was found shot to death inside his Delight, AR home on July 13. His 9-year-old niece Autumn Hartsfield and her grandmother, 54-year-old Julie Hartsfield were found in Dana’s car in the driveway. Julie Hartsfield had been shot to death. Autumn had been critically wounded. She later died at a Hot Springs hospital.
Investigators say the couple was separated and were the parents of two small children. They say the shootings occurred when Dana came to the home to pick up the children. Deputies say after the shooting, Hill notified a relative, who notified law enforcement.
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and deputies of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department are continuing their investigation today into the murders of two women and a child.
At 7:05 PM Saturday evening (July 13th), authorities received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a shooting incident at 3489 Highway 301, southwest of Delight (Pike County).
Found dead at the scene were Dana Hill, 33, of 3489 Highway 301, Delight and Julie Hartsfield, 54, of 905 Walnut Street, Waldo (Columbia County).
Autumn Hartsfield, 9, was wounded during the shooting incident and was transported from the scene to a Hot Springs hospital where she later died.
Timothy Allen Hill, 43, also of 3489 Highway 301, Delight was taken into custody at the scene and is being held today in connection with the murders as the investigation continues.
Initial findings during the investigation have caused agents and deputies to believe the shooting arose out of a domestic disturbance which may have preceded the gunfire.