BNPD- Man Arrested in Reference to Homicide at Benton Apartments also Facing Charges in LR Homicide

Demontra Hatfield

Benton Police Department responded to Country Oaks Apartments around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for a welfare check after a juvenile was brought to a Little Rock hospital for a gunshot wound. It was determined by BNPD and Little Rock Police Department detectives that 39-year-old Demontra Hatfield had shot and killed 28-year-old Krystle Wilder in their Benton apartment during a disturbance and then fled the scene with the juvenile and Wilder’s body before committing another homicide in Little Rock.

Hatfield is being charged with First Degree Murder (Class Y felony) for the death of Wilder; Abuse of a Corpse (Class C felony); Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (Class B felony); Tampering with Physical Evidence (Class D felony); and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1st (Class D felony). The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be forthcoming. Hatfield faces separate charges out of Little Rock in reference to that investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-776-5947. You can also text “BENTONPD plus your message” to 847411 or leave a tip via the official BNPD app.