Miller County prosecutors have formally charged 34-year-old Christopher Allen Basham with murder and terroristic acts in connection with a December 9th shooting that resulted in another man's death.
On Dec. 9, Basham allegedly went to a house in the 7900 block of Line Ferry Road and initiated an argument with a woman at the residence, according to a court affidavit. When he left, Basham spun the tires of his pickup, causing ruts in the driveway of the home owned by 39-year-old Donald Haworth Jr., the affidavit states.
Haworth sent Basham a text message telling him "to come back to the home to fix the driveway,” authorities said.
Witnesses told Miller County sheriff’s office deputies that when Haworth saw the truck approaching his home, he stepped off the porch holding a wooden baseball bat. As Haworth began walking down the driveway, Basham, still seated in his pickup, reportedly fired three shots from a shotgun, striking Haworth at least once in the chest, according to the affidavit.
Authorities said Basham was initially arrested for battery but that charge was upgraded to murder following Haworth's death on Dec. 14. In addition to murder, Basham has also been charged with two counts of terroristic acts.
Basham faces five to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000 if convicted of either of the two counts of terroristic acts. If found guilty of murder, Basham faces 10 to 40 years or life in an Arkansas prison.