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Homicide Confirmed In Death Of Former Fort Smith Teacher; Arrest Made In Separate Stabbing Death

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Homicide Confirmed In Death Of Former Fort Smith Teacher; Arrest Made In Separate Stabbing Death

Dubois, Elkins; Hernandez

FORT SMITH  (KFSM) — Fort Smith Police announced an arrest in a stabbing death and the confirmation of a homicide in the death last month of a teacher.

Police have arrested Daniel Ray Hernandez on charges of reckless manslaughter and habitual offender in connection with the death July 22 of Jose Botello, who was found lying on the front porch of 1402 N. Greenwood Ave. with a stab wound to the chest. Botello died later at Baptist Hospital.

Homicide Confirmed In Death Of Former Fort Smith Teacher; Arrest Made In Separate Stabbing Death

Daniel Hernandez

Police said Botello showed up on the porch bleeding and looking for help. He was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police said they believe Hernandez was solely responsible for Botello’s death.

Hernandez is currently in the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on drug-related charges, police said.

Police also confirmed that the suspicious death of former Fort Smith School District teacher William Dubois Jr. was a homicide.

Dubois, 72, was found in his home at 1802 South Greenwood Ave. on July 11 after neighbors reported not seeing him for several days. Police said Friday (Aug. 2) that his injuries and death were the result of a homicide.

Homicide Confirmed In Death Of Former Fort Smith Teacher; Arrest Made In Separate Stabbing Death

Taylor Cynthia Elkins

Taylor Cynthia Elkins was charged July 16 in the Sebastian County Circuit Court with hindering apprehension or prosecution and theft by receiving after police say she was found with a vehicle belonging to William J. Dubois, Jr.

Elkins initially told police a white male had given her the car. She later said she had been given the car in exchange for sexual favors, Shue said. Elkins was then arrested on charges of theft by receiving and taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center.

Elkins has not been charged in relation to Dubois death, police said Friday.

The two cases are not related and are being investigated separately, but breakthroughs have come in both cases, said Aric Mitchell, public information officer for the Fort Smith Police.

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