The 28-year-old truck driver denies shutting down Arkansas jogger Sydney Sutherland...

A truck driver has denied running over a nurse who was jogging before she was raped and killed in Arkansas.

Quake Lewellyn, an award-winning farmer, was found not guilty Thursday in a Jonesboro, Arkansas court on Thursday in connection with the Sydney Sutherland murder.

Quake Lewellyn, 28, refused to run over a nurse while jogging before she was raped and killed in ArkansasBildnachweis: Randolph County Sheriff’s Office


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The truck driver claimed he dug a hole and buried the body of 25-year-old Sydney Sutherland after he raped herPhoto credit:

The 28-year-old first told the state police that he mowed the 25-year-old nurse down, drove them to a nearby field and then raped her on the tailgate of his truck, according to an affidavit published on October 16.

After the rape, he said he dug a hole with a shovel, then threw Sutherland’s body into it and buried it, according to KATV police records.

Lewellyn’s attorney, Bill James, said he was concerned that people were focusing too much on rumors instead of letting the process flow.

“Everyone is so concerned about information on this case and it seems that everything that is said about it is in print,” said the attorney.

The state coroner found the young nurse had died from multiple blunt violent injuries.

Lewellyn’s mother Kerry handed over security material from her home to the police, according to KATV.

His wife, who reportedly filed for divorce last month, helped detectives review the footage and pointed out a dent in her husband’s truck that showed up the day Sutherland disappeared.

Sutherland was last seen on a ring video camera outside her Arkansas home
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Sutherland was last seen on a ring video camera outside her Arkansas homeCredit: See caption
Lewellyn and Sutherland attended the same school, the police said
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Lewellyn and Sutherland attended the same school, the police said
He had not befriended Sutherland on social media recently, and police officers said they would receive an arrest warrant to search Lewellyn's messages
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He had not befriended Sutherland on social media recently, and police officers said they would receive an arrest warrant to search Lewellyn’s messagesPhoto credit: Facebook
Sutherland's body was found via a tracking app near Lewellyn's location in August
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Sutherland’s body was found via a tracking app near Lewellyn’s location in AugustPhoto credit: Fox 16

Authorities ransacked the home of the accused killer and police said they discovered a pair of shoes that matched the prints on the spot where police discovered Sutherland’s body.

Lewellyn and Sutherland had attended the same school, witnesses said.

But the truck driver first told the police that he hardly knew her.

He had not befriended Sutherland on social media recently, and police said they filed an arrest warrant to gain access to any Facebook messages the two had exchanged.

Cops raided Lewellyn’s 2019 GMC pickup after he and his father gave the detectives permission, records show. Police said they allegedly found traces of blood in the tailgate.

Lewellyn was arrested in August after Sutherland’s body was found meters from his location in the Life360 location tracking app, police said in an affidavit released in early October.

He has been charged with capital murder – which means he could be killed if convicted.

Sutherland was last seen on August 19 and has not been seen since
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Sutherland was last seen on August 19 and has not been seen sinceCredit: See caption
A missing person flyer for the young nurse
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A missing person flyer for the young nursePhoto credit: Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
Lewellyn has been charged with capital murder and could face life in prison if convicted
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Lewellyn has been charged with capital murder and could face life in prison if convictedCredit: See caption

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He was also charged with rape, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse.

His lawyer said that he waived his planned indictment on Thursday.

Lewellyn remains behind bars in Randolph County Jail and will face trial on February 16

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