Authorities say 25-year-old Nathaniel Alan Talkington, who was arrested earlier this week in Morrilton on a first-degree-murder warrant from Johnson County, is now being held without bond in the Johnson County Detention Center, after a probable cause hearing was held on this Thursday.
According to a probable cause affidavit released this Thursday afternoon, an associate of Talkington provided a written statement to investigators claiming that Talking had admitted to the killing of his cousin, Caleb Matthew Talkington … but that it was an accident.
A body found last weekend in a burned vehicle at the Cabin Creek Recreation Area at Knoxville in East Johnson County is believed to be that of Caleb Talkington. Nathaniel Talkington was arrested during a traffic stop in Morrilton on Wednesday in connection with the death.
The body in the burned 1998 BMW was reportedly registered to Caleb Talkington. The victim was transported to the State Crime Lab in Little Rock, however the affidavit says the state medical examiner could only confirm that the body was that of a human…and that the death was confirmed as a homicide.
The affidavit says none of the family or friends of Caleb Talkington had recently heard from him … and cell phone records showed his phone had not been used since the evening of October 30, 2014. The affidavit also says the victim’s father said that the cousins had recently fought…and that the victim’s grandmother told police that Nathaniel had threatened to kill Caleb.
The affidavit says Caleb Talkington had allegedly been staying at a friend’s house in London … and that the friend told investigators he noticed a piece of carpet missing from a bedroom and also oil poured on the porch. The friend also noticed a knife and cleaning supplies missing from the home … and that there were patches of burnt area in his yard, all according to the affidavit. Investigators searched the home on Tuesday and collected several blood samples from both the area where the carpet was missing and the porch.
On Saturday, November 1, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reported a badly burned body discovered in the trunk of a vehicle at Cabin Creek Park in Knoxville at approximately 1:30 earlier that morning.
After receiving the report of the vehicle on fire near the pavilion, a deputy requested the Knoxville Fire Department be paged to the scene. While fighting the fire, the firemen pried open the trunk of the BMW vehicle and discovered what appeared to be a body inside.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police worked the scene, collecting and processing evidence. The license plate and VIN of the vehicle were destroyed in the fire, making it difficult to determine the particulars on the vehicle itself and the owner.
The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy and identification. The investigation was a combined effort of the Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Police. Federal authorities were also notified, since Cabin Creek Park is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park.
On Monday, November 3rd, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office released photos of a vehicle, online, and asked the public’s help in identifying the owner of a vehicle similar to the one in the photos.
On Wednesday, November 5th, the 5th Judicial District Prosecutor filed an arrest warrant in Johnson County Circuit Court charging Nathaniel Talkington with First Degree Murder in connection with the death. A description of Talkington was released online, which noted the suspect was believed to be in the company of Kristen Horn from Pottsville and traveling in a black 2007 Honda Accord.
The press release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office alleged that Talkington had an extensive criminal history, numerous arrests, was on probation, and currently has a restraining order against him from Pope County. The released also warned that “Talkington should be considered armed and dangerous” and that he “has threatened ‘suicide by cop’.”
Kristen Horn, who was with Nathaniel Talkington when arrested on Wednesday, was also taken into custody for questioning, but was thought to have been released, as she was NOT listed in the Johnson County Detention Center roster as of Thursday evening.