Miller County Shooting Suspect’s Charges Upgraded to Include Murder

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Charges against Chris Basham, 34, have been upgraded to include Murder after the victim in the shooting, Donald Hayworth, 38, died from his injuries on Tuesday, December 14. Basham had been released on a $250,000 bond but is now back in Miller County custody.

Press Release:

On Thursday, December 9, Miller County Deputies arrested Chris A. Basham, W/M 34 of
Texarkana, Arkansas on a charge of Battery 1 st Degree in the shooting of Donald R. Hayworth
Jr., W/M 38 of Miller County.

Hayworth, who had been hospitalized since the shooting, died on 12-14-21. On 12-15-21, Miller County Investigator P. Ray booked Basham into the Miller County Detention Center on a new charge of Murder in the 1 st Degree, and two counts of Terroristic Act. Basham had previously been released on a $250,000.00 bond for the Battery 1st Charge. Basham now remains in the Miller County Detention Center pending arraignment on the new charges.

The body of Donald Hayworth will be sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in
Little Rock for an autopsy.

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