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Flags lowered, memorial grows for victim in post office killing

Posted: Updated: July 25, 2011 01:37 PM CDT
Flowers and figurines mark the beginnings of a small memorial to post office custodian Betty Cooper, killed Friday Flowers and figurines mark the beginnings of a small memorial to post office custodian Betty Cooper, killed Friday
Bill Blackmon, 31 (Courtesy: Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office) Bill Blackmon, 31 (Courtesy: Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office)
The victim's burned out van is towed away from where it was found along CR 61 in Waldo The victim's burned out van is towed away from where it was found along CR 61 in Waldo
The flag has been lowered to half-staff outside the Waldo, AR Post Office The flag has been lowered to half-staff outside the Waldo, AR Post Office
WALDO, AR (KSLA) -

The suspect in Friday's murder inside the Waldo Post Office is due in court in connection with the killing.

31-year-old William Blackmon will make his first appearance in Columbia County Circuit Court in Magnolia Monday afternoon.  There, the state is expected to present a probable cause affidavit to the court laying out the case for Blackmon's arrest and charges in connection with the death of Betty Cooper.  The 72-year-old was found Friday morning in her burning van off of County Road 61 in Waldo, not far from the post office where she worked as a custodian.

It was there that an employee arrived Friday morning to find a trail of blood, and Cooper's van missing. Authorities believe Cooper was killed in the post office and taken to the second location in her van, which was then set on fire in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence. 

Blackmon was picked up nearby.  The Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas State Police are investigating, along with the FBI and inspectors from the U.S. Postal Service.  Federal charges are also possible. 

Meanwhile, flags have been lowered to half-staff at the Post Office in Waldo, and a small memorial has begun to grow in front of the building.


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