David Chad Lane
Eddie Thomas Buchy
Wesley Ray Minnie
It all goes back to October, when 39-year-old Jerry Luker died after suffering severe head injuries in the Lonoke county jail. The three suspects were inmates at the time.
The Lonoke County Prosecutor's office says its review of a state police investigation into this death led them to file murder charges in this case.
And while it's a new turn of events, the victim's family says it hardly brings them any closure.
"Told him I loved him and asking him to wake up," said Luker's mother, Brenda Luker.
But Jerry Luker didn't wake up last October when his family prayed for his survival at UAMS. And the emotional wounds remain fresh.
"Not a whole lot better than the day after it happened," said Luker's dad, who also goes by Jerry.
Today's THV talked with Luker's father from Diamond City by phone Monday after the Lonoke County Prosecutor announced murder charges in Luker's death for these three men: Eddie Thomas Buchy, David Chad Lane and Wesley Ray Minnie.
They're all in custody right now in the State Department of Correction.
"It doesn't mean anything until they're convicted, when I actually see the sentence come down," said Luker's father.
Luker was jail in late October for a probation violation. His dad says he's felt all along, based on information from investigators, that his son's death was a targeted homicide in the jail's bathroom.
"Undoubtedly, what I was told was three guys followed him into the bathroom," Luker's father said.
Luker's father argues there's jail surveillance video to prove that. But he says authorities won't release it. Whether it comes out in court is unknown right now, but Luker's dad won't miss anything.
"Every time they have something, I'll be there," the elder Luker said.
Prosecutors wouldn't comment on surveillance video surrounding this case.
Luker's father says the family is still considering a wrongful death lawsuit against the Lonoke County Jail for failing to protect their son.
Today's THV talked with the family's lawyer in Forrest City and Attorney Alvin Simes says he's currently doing research on this case.
The three suspects charged in Luker's murder will be in Lonoke County Court Jan. 25 for an arraignment.