Piggott Man Charged in Rector Attacks

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Adam Hackworth

Two people were airlifted to The Med in Memphis after one person was shot and another severely beaten in an incident Saturday night, Feb. 23, at the Stafford Addition at the north edge of Rector.

Adam Dale Hackworth, 28, of Piggott was taken into custody Saturday night by Rector police and appeared Monday before District Court Judge Dan Stidham for a probable cause hearing. He has been charged with two counts of attempted capital murder and felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the incident.

Hackworth is accused of savagely beating Jennifer (Branum) Walton of Rector and shooting Daniel Faris of Greenway in an altercation at a home on Crest Drive.

According to a Rector Police Department report, officers first received a call just after 11 p.m. Saturday that someone was knocking on doors in the Stafford Addition. Whey they arrived at the area, officers saw Hackworth attempting to hide under a drain tile located between Stafford and Crest Streets.

While questioning Hackworth at the scene, officers heard the sounds of an injured person coming from a nearby grassy lot off Crest and followed the noises back to Walton. She appeared to have been beaten and badly cut. Walton was able to direct police to Faris' location in a nearby residence.

"He was in pretty bad shape when we found him," Rector Chief of Police Glenn Leach said. "We had called in a helicopter for her, and another was called in for him."

Both Walton and Faris were considered to be in critical condition when found. Updates on their conditions from family members and friends indicate both have improved while in treatment, but further details could not be confirmed as of Tuesday.

Leach said a firearm was recovered near the scene, but information on the weapon is not being released at this time.

Hackworth was held briefly in Rector before being transported the Clay County Detention Center in Piggott.

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