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Wife of slain Arkansas deputy shares memories of husband

Pete and Melanie Richardson Pete and Melanie Richardson
Michael Ackart, 28 (Source: Miller County Jail) Michael Ackart, 28 (Source: Miller County Jail)

The wife of Pete Richardson, the Lafayette County sheriff's deputy who was killed last week in a vehicle crash, broke her silence Tuesday about the death of her husband.

"He was just a good man and he didn't deserve to go like that," Melanie Richardson said.

Melanie and Pete had been married for nearly 15 years. The wreck that cost Pete his life happened on March 17 while the chief deputy was taking a homeless man to a shelter in Miller County.

Police said 30-year-old Michael Ackart of Oklahoma grabbed the steering wheel of the SUV they were riding in, causing the vehicle to crash into an oncoming 18-wheeler. Pete died at the scene.

"I do not understand why this happened," Melanie said. "I do not understand how somebody could do that to another person."

Ackart has been charged with second-degree murder.

"And I know you are supposed to pray for these people, but you are supposed to mean it when you do it, but I can't pray for him right now, I can't," she said.

Melanie said her husband almost died last year due to a medical condition. "And I almost lost him a year ago to an ulcer that he didn't know he had, but God waited until he was saved before he took him home," she said.

Lafayette County Sheriff Victor Rose was the one who notified Melanie of her husband's death. Tuesday she got another visit from him. This time he had some of her husband's belongings, including a tie.

"That's his Saints tie because he loves the Saints," she said.

Melanie and her family appreciate all the support received from law enforcement and others in the area. She said her husband would have been proud.

"But he will always be here with me, he will always be here with me," she said. "Such a good man taken far too soon."

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