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Two charged in Bergman, Ark. death investigation

Mark Payton Jr., 28, and Lauren Cofield, 23, are charged with first-degree murder and other...
Mark Payton Jr., 28, and Lauren Cofield, 23, are charged with first-degree murder and other criminal charges in a Bergman, Arkansas death investigation.(Boone County Jail)
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 6:12 PM CST
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BOONE COUNTY, Ark. (KY3) - Two people have been arrested and charged in a death investigation over the weekend in Bergman, Arkansas.

Mark Payton Jr., 28, and Lauren Cofield, 23, are charged with first-degree murder and other criminal charges in the investigation.

Police say a body was discovered in a church parking lot Saturday night. The victim, identified as Justin Brown, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say a vehicle spotted in the area was later stopped by police, leading to the arrests of Payton and Cofield. Police say a weapon was also recovered from the vehicle.

Payton’s bond is set at $500,000, while Smith’s bond is set at $250,000. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

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